Torah Commentary

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...

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai | Infusing holiness into our days

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This week, we conclude the Book of Leviticus, whose aim is the establishment of holiness. Leviticus begins with a description of the sacrificial system...
Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum

Pesach Sheni | The lessons of the Second Passover

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By Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum On Monday we celebrated Pesach Sheni (the Second Passover). The first Passover sacrifice was brought in Egypt in the year 2448...
Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz

Parshat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: On our life experiences and Judaism

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By Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz This week we read the double portion of Achrei Mot-Kedoshim. Parshat Achrei Mot opens by referencing the death of Aaron’s sons,...

Parshat Tazria-Metzorah: Why we blame those who are victims of random events

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By Clifford S. Fishman Leviticus chapter 13 contains a 44-verse recitation of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of a skin condition — tzara’at — that...
Rabbi Daniel Plotkin

Parshat Shmini: Mourning in unusual circumstances

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By Rabbi Daniel Plotkin Parshat Shmini, unusual for a portion in Leviticus, begins with a narrative section. The Tabernacle is dedicated, and Aaron and his...
Rabbi Neil Tow

Passover: Singing the Song of the Sea … again

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By Rabbi Neil Tow Every Friday night, we sing Shiru L’Ado — nai Shir Chadash (Psalm 96) “Sing to God a new song,” and many...
Rabbi Linda Joseph

Parshat Tzav: Tending to the fire of prayer

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By Rabbi Linda Joseph Here comes the rabbi’s confession: I struggle with prayer on Zoom. Because I must manage slide sharing, silencing congregants and other...