Torah Commentary

Rabbi Jennifer Weiner

Parshat Beshalach: Many Nachshons in history

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...