Torah Commentary

Rabbi Sarah Tasman

Parshat Devarim: A people on the cusp of a milestone

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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