Friday, February 2, 2024 / 23 Shevet 5784

Shalom Chaverim,

As you know, I usually write my own thoughts about the weekly Torah portion in each week’s email. Occasionally, I share an article or comments from other folks if I feel they are particularly insightful…as I did last week.

And here again this week I feel compelled to share. These comments by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, z”l, are just too essential, too relevant, too good to keep to myself without sharing with you. He succinctly explains the most foundational understanding of Judaism. Its message seems especially relevant as a model for helping our polarized society through what will likely be a contentious election year. His full comments can be found here, I’ve summarized them below.


Rabbi Michael Schwartz