Torah Commentary

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...
Rabbi Lia Bass

Parshat Vayikra: Why Leviticus can bring us closer

By Rabbi Lia Bass I love the Book of Leviticus. It contains many important lessons about the power of community, and pathways for encountering the...
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,...