Torah Commentary

Parshat Lech-Lecha: Honor thy father and mother

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By Rabbi Tsvi Schur In this week’s parshah, Abraham is told to leave everything behind and travel where G-d directs him. The midrash tells us...

Parshat Noach: What do we want our legacy to be?

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By Shamir Burg Each of us will have a legacy, something that will outlive us. While we can’t control who will tell our story after...

Simchat Torah: Dedicate yourself to learning

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The autumn holidays call out to Jews for teshuvah, not so much repentance in my view, but for radical self-transformation. For the changing, improvement...

Sukkot: What’s in a name?

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By Rabbi Eli Solomon As we enter the last stretch of Tishrei, a month-long journey of holidays, with the arrival of Sukkot, the question arises:...
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Yom Kippur: On Yom Kippur, a wish and a challenge

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By Clifford S. Fishman On Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. These words begin the third paragraph of the Unetaneh...

Rosh Hashanah: Why don’t we confess our sins on Rosh Hashanah?

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By Rabbi Eli Yoggev The High Holidays are all about mending our ways and atoning for our sins. To be sure, this is the central...

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech: On the importance of tradition

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By Asher Uddeme This week, we read two portions from the Torah, Nitzavim and Vayelech. Both portions emphasize the chain of tradition. In the opening...

Parshat Ki Tavo: The sweetness of community

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By Rabbi Yechiel Shaffer We are presented in this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, with the mitzvah known in Hebrew as Bikkurim. This agricultural commandment instructs...

Parshat Ki Teitzei: Elul Zman in a Messy Year

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We are slowly moving into the heart of the Hebrew month of Elul, which is traditionally a time of deep introspection in preparation for...
Like many people, I’ve been on the lookout for different forms of escapism during this pandemic. My go to is watching legal and police procedurals, primarily fiction, with a bonus if they contain elements of humor.

Parshat Shoftim Even the Powerful Do Not Need to Have All the Answers

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By Rabbah Arlene Berger Like many people, I’ve been on the lookout for different forms of escapism during this pandemic. My go to is watching...