Torah Commentary

Rabbi Sarah Tasman

Parshat Devarim: A people on the cusp of a milestone

By Rabbi Sarah Tasman Devarim (Words), begins the fifth and final book of the Five Books of Moses. It is the beginning of the end...

Parshat Matot-Masei: Being part of the solution

On the verge of entering the Promised Land, the children of Israel must fight the Midianite people first. Although Moses instructs his warriors, according...
Rabbi Jack Luxemburg

Parshat Pinchas: Pinchas and Goethe

By Rabbi Jack Luxemburg “What you get by achieving your goals is less important than what you become by achieving your goals.” This insight attributed to...
Rabbi Alana Suskin

Parshat Balak: When God gives us the power of speech

By Rabbi Alana Suskin In Parshat Balak, speech plays a central role. Balak, king of Moav, fears the mass of Israelites moving toward his territory:...
Rabbi Tyler Dratch

Parshat Korach: Resolving disagreements

Rabbi Tyler Dratch Parshat Korach includes the most satisfying account of divine justice in the entire Torah. Korach assembles a group of 250 leaders who...
Rabbi Valerie Joseph

Parshat Beha’alotcha: Acting in our higher selves

By Rabbi Valerie Joseph A lot happens in Parshat Beha’alotcha, including that Miriam and Aaron are stricken by Tzaraat (skin disease) after Miriam speaks lashon...
Casey Silverman

Parshat Nasso: Strength in community

By Casey Silverman This week’s Torah portion, Nasso, is about commitment to community. A lot of my Torah portion talks about playing one of...
Julia Blumberg

Parshat Bamidbar: Surviving adversity

By Julia Blumberg This week’s parshah is Bamidbar, which tells the story of our people’s exodus from Egypt and is focused on their 40 years...
Rabbi Jennifer Weiner

Parshat Bechukotai: Our attitude should be one of gratitude

By Rabbi Jennifer Weiner There is a legend about a king who processed a perfect ruby. It was the king’s favorite gem. One day while...
Rabbi Jeremy Markiz

Parshat Behar: The sin of verbal mistreatment

In Parshat Behar, among the rules of the shmita and jubilee years, we read a seemingly simple injunction: “Do not wrong one another, but...