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 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 […]
It has been a chaotic summer in some ways. Our lovely days of summer have been tempered with disruptions, some large and some small. We have grieved for loss of life in mass shootings in public spaces. We have witnessed two national political conventions. Some of us are divided by politics, by views not […]
As we enter the month of August we are in the midst of the three weeks that lead up to one of the saddest days in Jewish History – Tisha B’Av. On the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av we mourn the destruction of both Biblical Temples in Jerusalem (587 B.C.E. and 70 […]
If, during Shemot, the Book of Exodus, we were tempted to sugar-coat the behavior of our ancestors, exemplifying them as models of gratitude, patience and respect, we might want to reconsider now that we are midway through the Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers. This is the month we read Shelach, Korach, Chukat and Balak, […]
When the Jewish nation accepted the Torah
Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks is pictured here at Congregation Shalom in Fox Point.
Congregation Anshai Lebowitz in Mequon is a modern orthodox synagogue that welcomes people of all levels of observance. It was founded in 1904 on Milwaukee’s east side
Rabbi Michoel Feinstein leads Chabad of the Bay Area for the Green Bay area, 3607 Libal St., Allouez, Wisconsin.
Mishpatim and how we treat the stranger