Torah Commentary

Rabbi Jennifer Weiner

Parshat Beshalach: Many Nachshons in history

By Rabbi Jennifer Weiner Beshalach finds us standing at the proverbial shores of freedom. In this parshah, Moses tells the Israelites to gather their belongings....
Rabbi Lizz Goldstein

Parshat Bo: Rome is always burning

By Rabbi Elizabeth Goldstein Since I first read Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s “The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus,” Parshat Bo reminds me of her phrases,...
Rabbi Debbie Reichmann

Parshat Shemot: Moses, the vigilante?

By Rabbi Debbie Reichmann There is a special challenge in crafting a d’var Torah on parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1). It is one of the most...
Eli Spiegelman

Parshat Vayechi: Getting along like Ephraim and Manasseh

By Eli Spiegelman This week’s parshah is Vayechi. In Vayechi, Jacob blesses his 12 children, now adults. In this portion, Jacob also meets with Joseph’s...
Jillian Potler

Rosh Chodesh: Supporting gender equality

By Jillian Potler Last week we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the beginning of the Hebrew month of Tevet. One interesting fact about Rosh Chodesh is...

Parshat Miketz

Overcoming adversity through faith By Ross Chudow This week’s parshah is Miketz. It talks about overcoming adversity. It shows Joseph starting as a slave in jail,...

Parshat Vayeshev: One person can make all the difference

By Rabbah Arlene Berger The pivotal moment in this week’s Torah portion is the meeting between Joseph and the man known as “ha-ish/the man,” who...
Rabbi Andy Gordon

Parshat Vayishlach: Wrestling ourselves

By Rabbi Andy Gordon Our ancestor Jacob, after decades away, has returned home. He learns that his brother Esau is about to meet him accompanied...
Cantor Nancy Ginsberg

Parshat Vayetzei: The power of dreams

By Cantor Nancy R. Ginsberg Some mornings I wake up confused as to whether the dream I just had was actually a dream or part...
Rabbi Marc Israel

Parshat Toldot: How to differentiate between facts and beliefs

By Rabbi Marc Israel Tthe book of Genesis is written as mythology, so we should not focus solely on its historicity. Its characters may be...