From Our Rabbis

Pushing Ahead During Difficult Times

By Rabbi Jonathan Biatch

This has been an amazingly difficult year for all of us in this sacred community. The confinement and struggles from the pandemic, not to mention the illnesses and deaths affecting hundreds of thousands both in the world and here in our community, have caused us to …

The Sacred Task of Transforming the Mundane into Holiness

By Rabbi Yona Matusof

The coming year 5782, is a Sabbatical year. For six years, work your fields; on the seventh year, you shall rest. This is remarkably similar in both content and language to Shabbat—for six days, you shall work, and on the seventh day, you shall rest.

Ordinarily, whe…

We’ve Got This

By Rabbi Betsy Forester

Every year at this time, we examine how we lived over the past year and bring to mind where we fell short of our best intentions--where we missed the mark. The High Holy Days offer an opportunity to unpack those experiences and seek their source. Why did we do what w…

Doing Teshuvah in Times of Uncertainty

By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

It’s been a difficult month. The joy of summer in Madison – with high vaccination rates and low COVID cases – diminished for many of us as the Delta variant emerged. We wonder whether we should go back to work. We wonder how safe our unvaccinated children wil…

Shavuot - Our Wedding Anniversary with G-d

By Rabbi Avremel Matusof

Just like that, another week has passed by.

Of course, that’s not completely accurate. We celebrated Shavuot on Monday and Tuesday. But, as festivals go, it is so short and quick.

It’s not just how short the festival is. There is nothing dramatic to commemorat…