Torah Commentary

Donald Ray Schwartz

Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei: A pledge to do and to hearken

By Donald Ray Schwartz In this week’s parshah, which closes the Book of Exodus, we are gifted with the Torah. Our ancestors pledged to do...
Hailey Cohen

Parshat Ki Tisa: What the census teaches us

By Hailey Cohen My Torah portion is about the census of the Jewish people. Instead of doing the census the way we do it today,...
Rabbi Jennifer Weiner

Parshat Terumah: Creating sacred space

By Rabbi Jennifer Weiner How many of us are Zoomed out? In the beginning of Zoom world, it was exciting. Yet, as the months dragged...
Rabbi Ilan Glazer

Parshat Mishpatim: ‘You shall be holy people to Me’

By Rabbi Ilan Glazer After the Ten Commandments, we might think God and our ancestors would bask in the glow of their new connection. Alas,...
Rabbi Alana Suskin

Parshat Yitro: They tried to kill us. We keep God before us. Let’s eat.

By Rabbi Alana Suskin The Ten Commandments, which appear for the first time in this week’s parshah, begin with the statement, “I am the Lord...
Rabbi John Franken

Parshat Bo: Facing the Pharaohs of every generation

By Rabbi John Franken This week witnesses the dramatic growth of Moses from a timid shepherd reluctant to take on the most powerful tyrant on...

Parshat Shemot: Choosing awe over fear

By Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen The fiercest defense against tyranny may be the refusal to go along with its worldview. When a new Pharaoh arises who does...
Rabbi Craig Axler

Parshat Vayechi: Joseph’s lesson of forgiveness

By Rabbi Craig Axler The end of Parshat Vayechi portrays Joseph’s death scene: “Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years and...
Rabbi Sonya Starr

Parshat Vayigash: Looking at Egypt’s famine through the lens of COVID-19

By Sonya Starr This week’s Torah portion, a continuation of last week’s, is the story of Joseph’s brothers’ willingness to do anything, including emigrate, to...
Rabbi John Franken

Parshat Vayeshev/Chanukah | Looking past conflict to find holiness

By Rabbi John Franken The acclaimed new book, “War: How Conflict Shaped Us,” makes a fascinating argument. War, it says, is baked into humans like...