Torah Commentary

Rabbi Lizz Goldstein

Parshat Devarim: Moses’ farewell rebuke

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By Rabbi Lizz Goldstein We are blessed to have summer camps open again, blessed for the return toward normal and the miracles of vaccines that...
Rabbi Chai Posner

Parshat Matot–Masei: Stops along the journey

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By Rabbi Chai Posner The Torah portions of Matot and Masei bring the fourth book of the Torah, Bamidbar, to a close. Bamidbar, literally “in...
Rabbi James Michaels

Parshat Pinchas: The encore of Serach bat Asher

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By Rabbi James Michaels There are some people whom you might meet only once or twice, yet you never forget them. Serach bat Asher is...
Rabbi Daniel Plotkin

Parshat Balak: What we can learn from the donkey

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By Rabbi Daniel Plotkin Parshat Balak is an unusual portion for several reasons. Most unusual is that the parshah contains a talking animal, one of...
Cantor Nancy Ginsberg

Parshat Chukat: Moses’ big mistake

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By Cantor Nancy Ginsberg Parshat Chukat has one of the most perplexing, even disturbing, passages in the Torah. Moses the faithful shepherd, who has led...
Rabbi Jennifer Weiner

Parshat Korach: Arguing for the sake of heaven

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By Rabbi Jennifer Weiner In our weekly Torah portion, Korach leads a band of rebels. Korach no longer wishes to follow Moses’ leadership. Instead, Korach...
Rabbi Craig Axler

Parshat Sh’lach: Lost in translation

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By Rabbi Craig Axler When studying Torah, translation can make a world of difference in how we relate to the text. This week’s Torah portion...
Rabbi John Franken

Parshat Beha’alotcha: Embracing our diverse Jewish community

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By Rabbi John Franken While encamped at Hazeroth, an unexpected family quarrel erupts among the children of Amram. Two of them (Miriam and Aaron) denounce...
Gavin Adler

Parshat Nasso: Today’s messengers

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By Gavin Adler This week’s Haftorah is from the book of Judges. It is about the birth of Samson. In the Haftorah, we read that...
Summer Friedman

Parshat Bamidbar: The power of forgiveness

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By Summer Friedman This week’s haftarah comes from the Book of Hosea, and it focuses on the importance of forgiveness. The haftarah talks about how the...