Posts Tagged Torah Commentary

What Does it Mean to Be Human?

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Michael Dolgin

Parashat B’reishit is both the first portion in the Torah and the foundation of our Jewish tradition. These chapters teach us how to find meaning in our days, not just what happened before they began.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – Even in a Pandemic

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Max Chaiken

Aligned with the rhythm of our earth turning on its axis, our season of returning (t’shuvah) continues its turn. We move from the introspection and repentance of Yom Kippur, our Day of Atonement, to the holiday of Sukkot.

Facing Mortality and Choosing Life

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Max Chaiken

You stand this day, all of you, before the Eternal your God – you tribal heads, you elders, and you officials, all the men of Israel, you children, you women, even the stranger within your camp, from wood chopper to water drawer – to enter into the covenant of the

Blessing First Fruits in a Time of Plague

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Max Chaiken

I do not believe, as Torah describes, that God directly acts in our world, or that the COVID-19 plague is some kind of Divine message. But I do believe that in the face of disease, suffering, and evil, God weeps with us; and when we aspire to holiness regardless of our circumstance, God celebrates with us. And the more we keep these ideals in mind, the better we can build a world worthy of blessing.

Seeing Ourselves in Torah

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Max Chaiken

Just after the opening number of the 1992 animated Disney classic Aladdin, its title character sings “One Jump Ahead,” a catchy tune that introduces us to the young “street rat” and his sidekick, Abu, after they’ve stolen a loaf of bread.