Torah Commentary

Rabbi Rory Katz

Parshat Ki Teitzei: On divorce and Jewish wisdom

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...