Torah Commentary

Ben Abrams and Ava Blockston

Parshat Vayera

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Practicing hospitality By Ben Abrams In my Torah portion, Vayera, Avraham is visited by three guests. Tradition says that Avraham’s tent in the desert was always...
Ben Wahlberg

Parshat Lech Lecha: Trust and healthy relationships

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By Ben Wahlberg In this week’s parshah, Lech Lecha, God tells Abraham and Sarah to go on a journey to the land of Canaan. This really...

Parshat Noach: Igniting sparks of righteousness

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By Ariella Katcoff The Torah says, “Noah was a righteous man; he was blameless in his age.” I started wondering what “being blameless in his...
Tylor Massouda

Parshat Bereshit: Making a good first impression

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By Tylor Massouda My Torah reading is about the days of creation. This story is a familiar one and a symbolic one for many occasions....
Liba Schwartz

Sukkot: Protection and comfort in the sukkah

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By Liba Schwartz In Leviticus 23:42, we are commanded to dwell in sukkot (booths) so that future generations may know that God made the Israelites...
Rabbi Michael Werbow

Parshat Ha’azinu: Finding meaning in holiday rituals

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By Rabbi Michael Werbow On our way to Sukkot and Simchat Torah, we pause for a poem by Moses in which he testifies before the...

Parshat Vayeilech: Be strong and resolute

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In Parshat Vayeilech, Moses is preparing to step back and let Joshua become the leader and take the Israelites into Israel. Moses is aware...
Ava Perlin

Parshat Nitzavim: To respect and honor others

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By Ava Perlin Parshat Nitzavim focuses on our covenant and relationship with God by instructing us to worship only God and setting forth the punishment...
Rabbi Lawrence M. Pinsker

Parshat Ki Tavo: Not comforting, but oh so true

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By Rabbi Lawrence M. Pinsker Fourteen years ago, New York journalist A.J. Jacobs’s book, “The Year of Living Biblically,” became a bestseller and eventually a...
Rabbi Rory Katz

Parshat Ki Teitzei: On divorce and Jewish wisdom

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By Rabbi Rory Katz Divorce, one of the topics discussed in this week’s Torah portion, is often a very private experience. In her memoir, “Yes...