Torah Commentary

Rabbi Rory Katz

Parshat Ki Teitzei: On divorce and Jewish wisdom

By Rabbi Rory Katz Divorce, one of the topics discussed in this week’s Torah portion, is often a very private experience. In her memoir, “Yes...
Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz

Parshat Shoftim: Never-ending pursuits

By Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz The opening of Parshat Shoftim contains one of the most often quoted verses of Chumash: “Tzedek tzedek tirdof” — “Justice, justice...
Rabbi Joshua Z. Gruenberg

Parshat Re’eh: Choose life, choose the vaccine

By Rabbi Joshua Z. Gruenberg At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, the people are faced with a simple yet existential question. Do they...

Parshat Eikev: Work-Torah balance

By Bill Dauster The Cambridge Dictionary defines “work-life balance” as “the amount of time you spend doing your job compared with the amount of time...
Rabbi Nochum Katsenelenbogen

Parshat Vaetchanan: The real mezuzah

By Rabbi Nochum Katsenelenbogen Queen Elizabeth II has a mezuzah in her bedroom. There is a mezuzah on the entry to the White House. There’s...
Rabbi Lizz Goldstein

Parshat Devarim: Moses’ farewell rebuke

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

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

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

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

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...