Torah Commentary

Rabbi Andrew Busch

Rosh Hashanah: The Blast of the Shofar

By Rabbi Andrew Busch What approach might best call a group of humans to attention? It is an ancient and ongoing question. Throughout history, all...
Rabbi Larry Pinsker

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayeilech: Some Toys Teach You Lessons Forever

By Rabbi Larry Pinsker Conversations with grown children often bring unexpected, quirky memories. Case in hand: A quarter century ago, our family was joined by a...
Rabbi Jerry Seidler

Parshat Ki Tavo: Entering the New Year With Gratitude

By Rabbi Jerry Seidler Just the other day, I visited a cancer patient at the hospital where I work as a chaplain. I asked her...
Rebecca Reisner

Parshat Ki Teitzei: Being a Successful and Supportive Community

Rebecca Reisner This week’s parshah is Ki Teitzei. This parshah talks about 74 of the 613 mitzvot of the Torah. Some of these are about...
Rabbi John Franken

Parshat Shoftim: Not Just a Game

By Rabbi John Franken In his memoir, former world tennis No. 1 Andre Agassi recounts a match from his childhood as if it were yesterday....

Parshat Bamidbar: Preserve and Adapt Mitzvot

On Sunday, we will celebrate Rosh Chodesh Sivan. Back in the time before the fourth century C.E, we did not have such a fixed...

Parshat Bamidbar: Feeling Counted and Included

This week’s Torah portion is Bamidbar. This Torah portion is about a census and how they counted the different tribes for the army. In the...

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai: The Meaning of 1776 in Jewish History

In just three years, the United States will observe the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. In my view, the American Revolution not only...

Parshat Emor: Recognizing Animal Lives

My son argued that we should eat fewer animal products. While being a vegan was better for the world, people’s health and the animals,...

Parshat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: Loving the Stranger as Yourself

This week is a double portion: Achrei Mot and Kedoshim. In Kedoshim, the Torah demands that we overcome self-interest and instead engage in empathy...