Torah Commentary

Parshat Ki Tavo: The sweetness of community

By Rabbi Yechiel Shaffer We are presented in this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, with the mitzvah known in Hebrew as Bikkurim. This agricultural commandment instructs...

Parshat Ki Teitzei: Elul Zman in a Messy Year

We are slowly moving into the heart of the Hebrew month of Elul, which is traditionally a time of deep introspection in preparation for...
Like many people, I’ve been on the lookout for different forms of escapism during this pandemic. My go to is watching legal and police procedurals, primarily fiction, with a bonus if they contain elements of humor.

Parshat Shoftim Even the Powerful Do Not Need to Have All the Answers

By Rabbah Arlene Berger Like many people, I’ve been on the lookout for different forms of escapism during this pandemic. My go to is watching...

Parshat Re’eh: Giving Without Calculations

By Rabbi Shmuel Gurary R’ Zushe from Anipoli, a famed Chassidic master who lived in the late 1700s, would spend hours meditating and praying every...
Rabbi Gruenberg

Parshat Ekev: A Relationship Should Not Be Based on Fear

The Reform theologian Jakob Josef Petuchowski once wrote the following about this week’s Torah portion: “A Jew reads the Torah not as one reads...
Rabbi James Michaels

Parshat Vaetchanan: The Shema’s Amazing Staying Power

By Rabbi James R. Michaels “Shema Yisrael ...” Almost any Jew who hears these two Hebrew words knows that they mean: “Hear, O Israel!” And...
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Parshat Devarim: The Voice of Hashem in Our Heart

By Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro If not for coronavirus, synagogues across the world would begin reading the book of Deuteronomy this week. Many would call this...
Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Cohen

Parshat Matot-Masei: Embracing Our Uncertainty

By Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen We are living through challenging times, times that can feel like a wilderness in which we truly do not know where...

Parshat Pinchas: Lesson From the Daughters of Tzelafchad

By Nuchie Zirkind The first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman, encouraged his followers to “live with the times,” which he explained means to glean practical...

Parshat Chukat-Balak: Opening Our Tents and Bettering Our Nation

By Rabbi Eric L. Abbott On July 4, 1776, our country’s founders declared their independence, pursuing a new nation built on principles such as being...