Torah Commentary

Ben Abrams and Ava Blockston

Parshat Vayera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...