Torah Commentary

Experiencing joy during quarantine

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By Rabbi Daniel Braune-Friedman Special to WJW During Sukkot in ancient times, Jews performed a unique water libation service — called Simchat Beit Hashoevah — inside...

On Yom Kippur, a wish and a challenge

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By Clifford S. Fishman Special to WJW B’Rosh Hashanah yikateyvun,Uv-yom tzom kippur yeychateymun. On Rosh Hashanah it is written, And on Yom Kippur it is sealed. These words...

Rosh Hashanah’s other name

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By Rabbi James R. Michaels Special to WJW If you look at any machzor, the prayer book for the High Holidays, you will find the words...

We have choice, so choose life

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By Rabbi Sanford H. Shudnow Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Nitzavim-Va’yelech, Deuteronomy 29:9 - 31:30. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have always been greeted...

A counter-history lesson on the way to Page 28

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By Rabbi Scott A. Hoffman Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8. If you grew up like I did with...

Remember Amalek (and don’t become him)

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By Rabbi Saul Oresky Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19. Ki Teitzei is bookmarked by references to warfare. Its...

Even the powerful do not need to have all the answers

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By Rabbah Arlene Berger This week’s Torah portion is Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. Like many people, I’ve been on the lookout for different forms of escapism during...

Climbing the Blessing Mountain

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By Saul Golubcow Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Re’eh, Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17. “Behold,” Moses opens Parshat Re’eh, “Today I set before you a...

Answering the voice that says we deserve what has happened

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By Rabbi Neil Tow Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Ekev, Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25. For natural disasters, there is always a voice that proclaims...

The Shema’s amazing staying power

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By Rabbi James R. Michaels Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11. “Shema Yisrael…” Almost any Jew who hears these two...