Torah Commentary

Rabbi John Franken

Parshat Beha’alotcha: Embracing our diverse Jewish community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...