Torah Commentary

Rabbi Andy Gordon

Parshat Vayetzei | Conquering fear, following dreams

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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...