Torah Portion

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 […]

D’Var Torah: The courage to fall down … and rise up again

D’Var Torah: The courage to fall down … and rise up again

Posted on: September 14, 2016 | 11 Elul 5776 by Special to the Chronicle

  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 […]

Remember our suffering, others’ suffering

Remember our suffering, others’ suffering

Posted on: August 2, 2016 | 27 Tammuz 5776 by Special to the Chronicle

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 […]

Grumbling, complaining and kvetching through the desert

Grumbling, complaining and kvetching through the desert

Posted on: July 1, 2016 | 25 Sivan 5776 by WJC Staff

  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

When the Jewish nation accepted the Torah

Posted on: June 2, 2016 | 25 Iyyar 5776 by WJC Staff

When the Jewish nation accepted the Torah

Opinion: Choosing Love over Hate in Torah

Opinion: Choosing Love over Hate in Torah

Posted on: May 3, 2016 | 25 Nisan 5776 by WJC Staff

Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks is pictured here at Congregation Shalom in Fox Point.