Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs

Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs is the spiritual leader of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He has served as the publications committee chairperson of the Rabbinical Assembly.


Articles by Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs

Reading the Megillah

The Scroll of Esther, which tells the Purim story, is chanted in synagogue twice on Purim.

What Happens in Synagogue on Purim

In addition to the Megillah reading, several additions are made to the daily prayer services.

The Fast of Esther: A Minor Fast Day

The joy of Purim is preceded by solemnity.

The Rewards for Torah Study

Studying Torah--broadly construed to include almost all traditional Jewish learning--is valued by Jewish tradition as one of the most important activities for both children and adults.

A Summary of the Torah

A description of the highlights of the Torah, according to the divisions of the weekly portions.

The Commandments: Biblical Reasons to Obey

There are a number of reasons given to obey God's laws.

Medieval Jewish Philosophers on the Reasons for the Mitzvot

Jewish philosophers since ancient times have explained the system of mitzvot, and individual commandments, in terms that made sense to their contemporaries.

Rabbinic Reasons For the Mitzvot

The Sages proposed additional reasons to obey the mitzvot beyond those offered by the Bible.