From Our Rabbis

A Time for Judgment on Our Identity

By Rabbi Mendel Matusof

Jewish Identity. These two words mean so many different things to different people. However, it has always been that which holds us all together. Despite all our various Jewish flavors, we all share in Jewish Identity.

Or at least we used to.

As a campus rabbi for…

Practicing Hope: Our Sacred Task in the Process of Redemption

By Rabbi Betsy Forester

This feels like a strange time to celebrate the creation of the world and our place of honor as human beings in the world. Our world, our country, and Madison, in particular, are mired in despair. The pandemic, and the entrenched, structural, and global problems it h…

Celebrating the High Holidays in Difficult Times

By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

On two Sundays in August, one by one and at thirty-minute intervals, members of Shaarei Shamayim entered our building to chant their Torah portions for the High Holidays. Our videographer recorded each of them so we could play the recordings at our virtual High Hol…

A Year Of Light

By Rabbi Yona Matusof

As we approach the new year, we are in the midst of an unprecedented dilemma that evokes many thoughts and emotions that are truly unique to our lives' experience. Most of our world is living with a sense of fear, uncertainty, emotional stress, economic challenges, and…

Save the Census!

By Rabbi Bonnie Margulis 

In Numbers 1:2, God instructs Moses “take a census of the whole community, every family according to its ancestral household, listing every single name…” The whole community was to be counted. Not just one sector. Not just one tribe. The whole community. And…