Torah Commentary

Rabbi Andy Gordon

Parshat Vayetzei | Conquering fear, following dreams

By Rabbi Andy Gordon Jacob is on the run! His brother Esau is furious because Jacob stole his blessing. Jacob grabs his staff and flees...

Parshat Toldot: Isaac’s do-over adds justice to Abraham’s love

By Rabbi Alana Suskin A number of people are credited with the saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over...
Rabbi Ilan Glazer

Parshat Chayei Sarah: A wise old age

Rabbi Ilan Glazer Immediately following Sarah’s burial, the text tells us: “v’Avraham zaken, ba bayamim,” “Avraham was old, advanced in years.” Jewish tradition understands zaken...
Rabbi Etan Mintz

Parshat Vayera: Welcoming guests

By Rabbi Etan Mintz The parshah this week opens with the famous image of God appearing to Abraham as he sits at the entrance of...

Parshat Lech-Lecha: Honor thy father and mother

By Rabbi Tsvi Schur In this week’s parshah, Abraham is told to leave everything behind and travel where G-d directs him. The midrash tells us...

Parshat Noach: What do we want our legacy to be?

By Shamir Burg Each of us will have a legacy, something that will outlive us. While we can’t control who will tell our story after...

Simchat Torah: Dedicate yourself to learning

The autumn holidays call out to Jews for teshuvah, not so much repentance in my view, but for radical self-transformation. For the changing, improvement...

Sukkot: What’s in a name?

By Rabbi Eli Solomon As we enter the last stretch of Tishrei, a month-long journey of holidays, with the arrival of Sukkot, the question arises:...
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Yom Kippur: On Yom Kippur, a wish and a challenge

By Clifford S. Fishman On Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. These words begin the third paragraph of the Unetaneh...

Rosh Hashanah: Why don’t we confess our sins on Rosh Hashanah?

By Rabbi Eli Yoggev The High Holidays are all about mending our ways and atoning for our sins. To be sure, this is the central...