Ma Nishma from Jerusalem: A Weekly Touch of Torah

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After 50 years guiding major congregations in Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta, Rabbi Goodman continues to inspire and inform with his weekly Torah interpretations from Jerusalem. Ma Nishma draws on his wide secular learning, his abiding love of Torah and a passion for Jewish destiny in the American Diaspora and in Israel to prove that these timeless texts hold profound lessons for us all.

~ Melvin Konner, MD, PhD


About Rabbi Arnold M. Goodman

In Ma Nishma from Jerusalem, a Weekly Touch of Torah Rabbi Goodman has included two selections  for each of the fifty-four Torah segments. His insightful interpretations of the Scriptural texts and Biblical commentaries serve to enhance a fuller understanding and the contemporary relevance of these remarkable teachings. 

Following his ordination in1952 Rabbi Goodman served as U.S. Army chaplain for two years. Fromm 1954-1966 Rabbi Goodman was the first Rabbi of Congregation Rodfei Shalom-Oir Chodosh in Chicago’s South Shore. In 1966 he moved to Minneapolis where he served as rabbi of  the Adath Jeshurun Synagogue from 1966–1982. He was elected as Rabbi of the Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta in 1982 and served there until his retirement in 2002. He now lives in Jerusalem where he writes his weekly MA Nishma selections/ 

During his fifty years on the pulpit, his weekly sermons applied traditional texts and teachings to contemporary issues confronting both the individual and the community.  He continually placed before his listeners  the challenges posed by egalitarianism, interfaith activity, civil rights and the host of situations before us in contemporary life.

Together and separately he and his  wife, Rae,  worked to  expand congregation programming for all ages, and were steadfast in their commitment to promote community outreach, interfaith activities, and the myriad of challenges posed by contemporary life.. 

Rabbi Goodman was ordained in 1952 by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received an MA in Educational Administration from the University of Chicago in 1956 and  a JD DePaul University  Law School in 1961 He was the President of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative Rabbis from 1982-1984.



And God said: “Let the earth bring forth the living creature after its kind, cattle, and creeping things, and the beast of the earth after its kind.” And God made the beast of the earth after its kind, and the cattle after their kind, and every thing that creeps upon the ground after its kind, and God saw that it was good. … And God saw all that He had made and found it very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day (Genesis 1:25, 31).

Upon concluding the days (phases) of creation, the Bible records that God saw that it was good. When all the work of creation was done, we are told that God found it very good. The Midrash records a wonderful insight of R. Nachman, “And God saw it was good refers to the creation of the yetzer hatov, the good inclination—the force within us to embrace moral values and to dedicate our lives to the pursuit of the good.


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