Torah Commentary

Parshat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: Loving the Stranger as Yourself

This week is a double portion: Achrei Mot and Kedoshim. In Kedoshim, the Torah demands that we overcome self-interest and instead engage in empathy...

Parashat Tazria-Metzora: Celebrating a New Moon

It’s a new month — the month of lyar — when we will celebrate Israel’s 75th birthday. In this Haftarah, the Prophet Isaiah explains...

Parshat Shemini: What Makes a Chasid Kosher?

What’s kosher? Literally, “acceptable” or “fit.” In Leviticus 11, which we read this week, kosher means fit to eat. With so much time spent...

Pesach: We Look to God’s Attributes to Know How to be Human Beings

Could anything in religion be more perplexing than the sin of the Golden Calf? A major concern of religion is gaining forgiveness, in the...

Parshat Tzav: Humility a Component in Serving God

Torah text is inscribed upon the skin of a once-living creature. Such a creature was once asked to speak to God for us. Now...

Parshat Vayikra: Showing Commitment Through Sacrifice

This week’s parshah is about sacrifices. Something that specifically caught my interest was this line: “No meal offering that you offer to God shall...

Parshat Vayakhel/Pekudei: Holy Time, Holy Space, Holy Community

Rabbi Shelly Barnathan For several weeks now, the Torah has discussed the Mishkan — the portable sanctuary that the Israelites were instructed to create for...

Parshat Ki Tisa: The Teachings of the Broken Tablets

Rabbi Aaron Levitt We read in Parshat Ki Tisa of Moshe Rabbeinu smashing the luchot (tablets) upon seeing B’nai Yisrael worshiping an eigel zahav (golden...

Parshat Tetzaveh: Dressing for the Occasion

Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner When did “clothes make the man” come into our vocabulary and/or belief system? Popular explanations attribute the expression to Samuel Langhorne Clemens,...

Nadiv Lev: Offerings of the Heart

Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit | Parshat Terumah Immediately upon breaking free from oppression and our birth as a people, not only clans, we have been...