Torah Portion

D’Var Torah: We can aspire to grow in our loving 

Posted on: September 30, 2020 | 12 Tishri 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  “To Love Another Person is to See the Face of God.” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables  Parashat Beresheet is such a powerful and meaningful portion that we get to read much of it on Simchat Torah and immediately afterwards on the following Shabbat, not to mention the days in between.    It contains God speaking […]

D’Var Torah: Rosh Hashanah this year offers a chance for renewal  

D’Var Torah: Rosh Hashanah this year offers a chance for renewal  

Posted on: September 1, 2020 | 12 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  I’ll admit it, there’s been a lot of idle scrolling in my world during the pandemic. I find myself scrolling through the news, stories, COVID-19 numbers, and who’s doing what on Facebook. One of the memes that has caught my eye during this scrolling time warp says, “I’m going to stay awake until midnight […]

D’var Torah: Shavuot amid COVID-19

D’var Torah: Shavuot amid COVID-19

Posted on: May 28, 2020 | 5 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

By nature, humans are social beings, and COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the way we normally function. School, work and leisure have all been affected and suffered under the necessity of social distancing. This has been an especially difficult and trying time for Jews, whose communal worship with a minyan (a quorum of 10 men) at […]

A season of counting

A season of counting

Posted on: May 1, 2020 | 7 Iyyar 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

We are in the season of counting. Parashat Emor, which we will read in the coming week, specifies the ritual for the omer. The first sheaf of the harvest, the first omer, which is lifted up by the priest, accompanied by an olah, a burnt offering, of a perfect yearling lamb. And then we count […]

First Person: It is a mitzvah, a commandment, to protect our health

First Person: It is a mitzvah, a commandment, to protect our health

Posted on: April 2, 2020 | 8 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

This is not the first nor the last time the Jewish and global community will be faced with a challenge of such great magnitude. While these difficulties are present and real, the Jewish community can find a productive and insightful lens in focusing on the tremendous responsibility and opportunity to lead by example. According to […]

D’Var Torah: How experience can change us

Posted on: February 3, 2020 | 8 Shevat 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Have you ever had a Jewish experience change you? Perhaps the better question is, have you ever let a Jewish experience change you?  These last few weeks, we began reading Sefer Shemot, the Book of Exodus. The 70 souls who descended to Egypt become, in the words of Pharaoh, a people “much too numerous for […]

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 […]