Dearest Friends of the Tucson Jewish community,
It seems to me that many of you have forgotten the training we all received when we were children. Remember the nurse at school who taught you two important rules: 1) Wash your hands, and 2) Don’t put something in your mouth if you don’t know where it came from! Let’s pay attention to Rule #2, shall we?
Surely, this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach. It is not in the heavens, that you should say, “Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” […]
The Talmud in its very first Tractate, Berachot, instructs, if a man sees that painful sufferings visit him, let him examine his conduct (The question is asked, “Are your sufferings welcome to you?”). We can expand this verse to mean that when we are witness to the sufferings of others, one’s own conduct should be […]
I am always fascinated that when I study Torah, something I have always taken for granted now has deeper significance. In our portion this week there are seventy-two mitzvot, a larger number than any other portion. Many of these commandments have applications in how we behave in public and how we are to properly relate […]
It is Elul, the month to review the cheshbon hanefesh, “account of your soul,” in preparation for the High Holy Days. This is the time to look at the forces and contours of your own inner landscape.