Torah Commentary

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...
Dylan Brown

Parshat Chayei Sarah: The value of patience

By Dylan Brown This week we are reading Chayei Sarah. This parshah is about how Sarah dies and Isaac needs to find a wife and...
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...