Torah Commentary

Donald Ray Schwartz

Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei: A pledge to do and to hearken

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By Donald Ray Schwartz In this week’s parshah, which closes the Book of Exodus, we are gifted with the Torah. Our ancestors pledged to do...
Hailey Cohen

Parshat Ki Tisa: What the census teaches us

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By Hailey Cohen My Torah portion is about the census of the Jewish people. Instead of doing the census the way we do it today,...
Rabbi Jennifer Weiner

Parshat Terumah: Creating sacred space

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By Rabbi Jennifer Weiner How many of us are Zoomed out? In the beginning of Zoom world, it was exciting. Yet, as the months dragged...
Rabbi Ilan Glazer

Parshat Mishpatim: ‘You shall be holy people to Me’

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By Rabbi Ilan Glazer After the Ten Commandments, we might think God and our ancestors would bask in the glow of their new connection. Alas,...
Rabbi Alana Suskin

Parshat Yitro: They tried to kill us. We keep God before us. Let’s eat.

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By Rabbi Alana Suskin The Ten Commandments, which appear for the first time in this week’s parshah, begin with the statement, “I am the Lord...
Rabbi John Franken

Parshat Bo: Facing the Pharaohs of every generation

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By Rabbi John Franken This week witnesses the dramatic growth of Moses from a timid shepherd reluctant to take on the most powerful tyrant on...

Parshat Shemot: Choosing awe over fear

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By Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen The fiercest defense against tyranny may be the refusal to go along with its worldview. When a new Pharaoh arises who does...
Rabbi Craig Axler

Parshat Vayechi: Joseph’s lesson of forgiveness

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By Rabbi Craig Axler The end of Parshat Vayechi portrays Joseph’s death scene: “Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years and...
Rabbi Sonya Starr

Parshat Vayigash: Looking at Egypt’s famine through the lens of COVID-19

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By Sonya Starr This week’s Torah portion, a continuation of last week’s, is the story of Joseph’s brothers’ willingness to do anything, including emigrate, to...
Rabbi John Franken

Parshat Vayeshev/Chanukah | Looking past conflict to find holiness

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By Rabbi John Franken The acclaimed new book, “War: How Conflict Shaped Us,” makes a fascinating argument. War, it says, is baked into humans like...