Torah

Go within: Digging deep into our spiritual selves

By Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Lech Lecha (Genesis 12-17:27) The opening scripture of this week’s Torah portion Lech Lecha, “Go forth from your native land, from your kindred, and from your…


Family life: Overcoming fear and having faith

By Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Noach (Genesis  6:9−11:32) The Torah informs us: “Noach and Noach’s sons Shem, Ham and Japheth went into the Ark with Noach’s wife and the three wives of…





Song of Torah: Passing down teachings to the next generation

By Lawrence F. Layfer, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion:Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1–52) “My teaching shall drop as the rain…(Deuteronomy 32:2)” Six times Moses has gained the attention of the Israelites with a stern and familiar phrase: “Shema,…


Forgivenesses: Getting ready for the High Holidays

By Rabbi Herbert Bronstein, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Nitzavim – Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20, 31:1–30) Preparation is necessary for the accomplishment of any important project or challenge, whether it be an academic exam or an interview…