Torah Portion

D’Var Torah: Top five answers on the board … study Torah and do mitzvot

Posted on: December 31, 2019 | 3 Tevet 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

My three children love to watch old reruns of the game show “Family Feud’ on television.   Remember the famous catch phrase?  “Top five answers on the board.”  Let’s play together now and call it “Family Feud New Year’s Edition.” Top five answers on the board.  Name five resolutions for the new year of 2020.  […]

D’Var Torah: All this fuss about some slow-burning oil?

Posted on: December 2, 2019 | 4 Kislev 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

We all know the story. During the Second Temple era the Syrian-Greek army occupied the land of Israel, defiled the Temple, and outlawed much of the practice of Judaism. The Maccabees, a small ragtag band of Temple priests saw that to save our way of life they had no choice but to rise up in […]

D’var Torah: Teachers and learners in the Book of Genesis

Posted on: November 1, 2019 | 3 Heshvan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

The parshiyot (Torah portions) we read this month are among the most famous and fascinating in the Torah with many interconnected themes: beginnings, covenant, genealogy and family conflict. We are introduced to Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Esau. As Pirkei Avot states, “Turn it and turn it again for all is in it.” […]

D’var Torah: A pleasant and purposeful New Year

Posted on: October 2, 2019 | 3 Tishri 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

In the holiday season we greet each other with an array of blessings.  The “normal” wishes for the New Year is “sweet,” “happy” and “good.” While these are all appropriate gestures, I would like to introduce two additional expressions: pleasant and purposeful. My suggestion is based on a verse in Mishlei (Proverbs 3:17): “The Torah’s […]

D’var Torah: See the High Holy Days through music

D’var Torah: See the High Holy Days through music

Posted on: August 26, 2019 | 25 Av 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

Negative sensationalism in all forms of media has been increasing for a long time. There seems to be a tendency to emotionalize and emphasize the baser elements in news whether the stories are of a political, personal, criminal or economic nature. Reporting controversies, scandals, name-calling and divisiveness seem to take precedent over less salacious events […]

D’Var Torah: Moses … A man of words?

D’Var Torah: Moses … A man of words?

Posted on: July 31, 2019 | 28 Tammuz 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

PHOTO: Rabbi Dena Feingold of Kenosha at the recently renovated Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha on May 1, 2018. During the month of August, we will transition from reading Bemidbar, the Book of Numbers, to Devarim, the Book of Deuteronomy. It is often stated that the last word of each book of the Torah points […]

D’Var Torah: A time to reflect

D’Var Torah: A time to reflect

Posted on: July 1, 2019 | 28 Sivan 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

The 17th of Tammuz, as a prelude to Tisha B’Av Rabbi Steven Adams In August we will be observing Tisha B’Av, the fast day which commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temple along with other sad events in Jewish history. Tisha B’Av is one of the better known fast days and the […]

Beginnings and endings: Deuteronomy’s messages for us

Beginnings and endings: Deuteronomy’s messages for us

Posted on: May 2, 2019 | 27 Nisan 5779 by Rob Golub

In every generation one is obligated to see oneself as if one who personally went out from Egypt. Just as it says: “You shall tell your child on that very day: ‘It is because of this that God did for me when I went out from Egypt.’” (Exodus 13:8)  Not only were our ancestors redeemed […]

D’Var Torah: The unity of ‘all who are in need’

D’Var Torah: The unity of ‘all who are in need’

Posted on: March 25, 2019 | 18 Adar II 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  “You can squeeze another one or two in at the table. It likely will be the most meaningful Seder invite you ever made. We could then share our experiences at the Seder with each other by emailing the Chronicle staff at Chronicle@MilwaukeeJewish.org …” – Rabbi Wes Kalmar What percentage of American Jews attend a […]

D’Var Torah: Sharing in Joy

Posted on: February 27, 2019 | 22 Adar I 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  One of my most memorable Jewish experiences was serving as the student rabbi in Fairbanks, Alaska at Congregation Or Hatzafon, Light of the North. This small Jewish community dedicates itself to keeping the light of Judaism alive. Even on the darkest, coldest winter days, the community comes together to celebrate Judaism and to pass […]