Jewish Journal

Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom

  • The Greatest Good

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The most exciting weeknight in our house is Thursday; our family eats a hasty dinner and I rush off, two or three children in tow, to Tomchei Shabbos. Every week, my children join me in packing and delivering "Shabbat packages" brought to those members of our community who need a...

  • On Account of This

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I have a dream." With those magical words, the great leader of a generation began a speech that still quickens hearts today.

    This month, we will be celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose visionary leadership animated much of this country in years...

  • Burden of Leadership

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After 22 years of separation, believing his beloved son dead, Jacob was startled to hear that Joseph was not only alive but that he ruled the land of Egypt. Yet, the Torah tells us that this news was not enough: When he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of...

  • Individuality and Togetherness

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A number of weeks ago, I stood at attention among the teeming masses at the Jerusalem outdoor market known as Mahaneh Yehudah on Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day). We all stood together, attending to the siren that sounded throughout the land, stopping all traffic, foot and...

  • Facing Each Other

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I am sitting in my old seat in the study hall of Yeshivat Har Etzion, tucked away in the Judean hills, having completed a week of solidarity visits, catching up with old friends and attending inspiring and enlightening lectures. As a Bible teacher, I could not resist the opportunity...

  • A Tough Match

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Our parasha includes a description of possibly the first shidduch (arranged marriage) in history. With the death of his beloved Sarah, Abraham turns his attention to the future and sends his servant back to "the old country" Haran to find a wife for Isaac. The mission with which he...

  • This Is the Torah

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In most of our synagogues, upon conclusion of the public reading of the Torah, the scroll is lifted for all to see, and the congregation recites: "And this is the Torah that Moses placed before the Children of Israel. " (In the Sephardic tradition, the scroll is lifted before...