Torah Portion

When values are in conflict, as Americans or as Jews

When values are in conflict, as Americans or as Jews

Posted on: November 1, 2017 | 12 Heshvan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  The Torah portion for the week the Chronicle is published is parashat Vayeira  and it is one of my favorites and indeed one of my sermons for Yom Kippur this year, focused on the word that titles the parasha: vayeira. This year for the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe, I focused my teaching […]

The sukkah: A sign of tomorrow’s joy

The sukkah: A sign of tomorrow’s joy

Posted on: October 2, 2017 | 12 Tishri 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

The past few weeks have been difficult. Amid our soul-searching over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we continued to hope, pray and aid those who suffered loss of life and property due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We also continue to pray for those who were injured and mourn for those who were killed in […]

How do you want to be Jewish?

How do you want to be Jewish?

Posted on: June 30, 2017 | 6 Tammuz 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  In this month’s Torah readings, we are ending our journey of 40 years in the desert. The Israelites had 40 extra years, initially as punishment, but also as an opportunity to transition from an enslaved people to a free people in our own homeland. This is one of many transitions we have been through […]

D’Var Torah: 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War

D’Var Torah: 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War

Posted on: May 24, 2017 | 28 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  The Jewish community the world over finds itself in a jubilee year, 50 years since the Six Day War. The very existence of the Jewish people, from its very inception – our redemption from Egypt and formation as a people at Mount Sinai, when we received the Torah – and throughout our 3,300 year […]

D’var Torah: For Passover, the best antidote to hatred

D’var Torah: For Passover, the best antidote to hatred

Posted on: March 29, 2017 | 2 Nisan 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  When we celebrate the holiday of Passover we are not only remembering events of long ago but personally reliving the theme of freedom from bondage. As we read how pharaoh was suspicious and fearful of the “otherness” of the Jewish people (Exodus 1:8-10), we see echoes in today’s growing anti-Semitism. The response to anti-Semitism, […]

D’Var Torah: When physical items represent a spiritual truth

D’Var Torah: When physical items represent a spiritual truth

Posted on: February 23, 2017 | 27 Shevat 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  Loving one’s fellow as oneself is the most important mitzvah in the Torah, and as important as it is, it is equally as difficult at times when our “fellow” is someone with whom we disagree, feel frustrated, or just don’t feel any particular connection. It’s a good thing that the Torah provides endless inspiration […]

To tell the truth…

Posted on: January 30, 2017 | 3 Shevat 5777 by Rob Golub

There is scientific truth, philosophical truth, historical truth and moral truth. At least there used to be. The demise of truth was predicted in George Orwell’s prophetic novel, “1984,” published in 1949, which described a dystopian world in which language had been purposefully twisted and debased to create a reality unmoored to events, history or truth. […]

D’Var Torah: Inaugural Shabbat and a new Book of the Torah

D’Var Torah: Inaugural Shabbat and a new Book of the Torah

Posted on: December 29, 2016 | 29 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

On Friday, Jan. 20  our country will once again come together to engage in a long standing practice within our union: the inauguration of the president of the United States. Every four years our nation elects or re-elects a leader to be sworn in, a leader who promises to uphold the will of the citizens […]

A Chanukah question: Why not celebrate the miracle of the war?

Posted on: December 1, 2016 | 1 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

Why do we focus on the miracle of the oil, not the Maccabees’ military triumph? One of the puzzling aspects of Chanukah is that while we give great focus on the miracle of the oil burning for eight days, we lack a focus on the miracle of the Maccabees’ military triumph against the Greek army. […]

A final High Holy Days at 944 Main St.

A final High Holy Days at 944 Main St.

Posted on: November 8, 2016 | 7 Heshvan 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  A new era for Beth Israel Sinai This D’Var Torah is published in recognition of the last High Holy Days services at the current location of Racine’s Beth Israel Sinai. After more than 6o years at 944 Main St., the synagogue will be downsizing to preserve the congregation for future generations, said Rabbi Martyn […]