Jewish Journal

Rabbi Isaac Jeret

  • Preserving our story

    October 11, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Some months ago, I was asked by a group of Christian pastors to lead a series of study sessions on Jewish mysticism. We agreed to explore Isaac Luria’s late medieval kabbalistic model.

    For readers less familiar with the subject of kabbalah, all you need to know about Lurianic...

  • Egypt: Tabernacle or Golden Calf?

    February 22, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    As Jews, our character and faith are defined essentially by the story of our ancient liberation from slavery in Egypt, informing our concern for the welfare of those who are similarly oppressed. But as a minority often vulnerable to the whims of tyrannical victors, we are also keenly...

  • The Blessings of God’s Broken Promises

    August 24, 2010 | 8:58 pm

    All too often, we are confronted with life’s unfairness. How could someone so kind suffer so terribly? How could someone so ruthless enjoy wealth earned at the expense of the vulnerable and powerless? How is it that with greater or lesser frequency — and for better or worse —...

  • Inspired Giving

    February 16, 2010 | 6:13 pm

    People in need of assistance have approached me over the past 18 months in numbers I have not seen before in my service as a rabbi. The economic downturn, which is still very much our reality, has rendered many a giver of tzedakah (charity) a new recipient and has made the...

  • Key to Peace

    October 28, 2009 | 6:24 pm

    In most instances, families relocate due to a measure of dissatisfaction with where they live currently and a degree of hope for where they might arrive. The Torah portion of Lech-Lecha presents the beginning of the epic Israel-bound family journey of the Jewish people. It is...

  • Seeing the Light

    June 10, 2009 | 2:19 pm

    In a series of magnificent discourses on this week’s Torah portion and, more generally, upon the construction and dedication of the Tabernacle’s menorah, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, derived two interdependent perspectives on the Jewish people,...

  • Reclaiming Passover Priorities

    April 9, 2009 | 12:41 am

    The Passover seder has evolved and changed throughout the ages. Many of us might not know that the “four questions” were originally “three questions,” and one of the three — preparation of the paschal lamb — is no longer asked.

    Until recently, most Jews read the same...

  • Hardening Hearts, Protecting Our Freedoms

    January 28, 2009 | 11:44 am

    o the contemporary reader, the story of the ancient Israelites’ exodus from Egypt is every bit as compelling as it was to readers centuries ago. And much like the rabbis as far back as 2,000 years ago, there is an aspect of this story that remains troubling for many of us today —...