Torah Portion

Torah commentary provided weekly by the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia.

Belief Never as Important as Action

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By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Parshat Noach Efrat, Israel — “And Haran died before his father, in the land of his birth, in Ur Kasdim” (Gen. 11:28). When...

The Day We Stop in the Name of Love

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By Rabbi Shawn Zevit Shemini Atzeret “On the eighth day (of Sukkot), you will have a holy day ... it is a day of cessation, of...
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Making the Most of Sukkot

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By Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner Sukkot These are tough times for everyone. Only two weeks ago, we recited “who shall live and who shall die.” This...

Our Torah ‘Inner Ear’ Equilibrium

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By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Ha’azinu What day is it again? Where am I? Where should I be? Time in quarantine can be a bit disorienting, wouldn’t...
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Shanah Tovah! A Message From the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia

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The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia On Rosh Hashanah eve, Sephardic communities recite a liturgical poem called “Ahot Ketanah.” Each stanza closes with the...
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Breaking Down the Boxes

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By Rabbi Tsurah August Parshat Nitzavim – Vayeilech “You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem your God: the heads of your tribes, your elders,...

When’s the Last Time You Talked to God?

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By Rabbi Sigal Brier Parshat Ki Tavo Can you recall a time when you talked to God? Can you recollect where and when it was? Can...

By Precept and Example

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By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Ki Teitsei The Torah is loaded with commandments: 613 according to a traditional reckoning. The Torah portion for this Sabbath,...
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So That We May Live

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By Rabbi Jason Bonder Parshat Shoftim Last year, I was sitting in a learning session led by the Union for Reform Judaism’s vice president for Israel...

Acting Rightly, Choosing Wisely

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By Rabbi Nathan Martin Parshat Re’eh In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Re’eh, Moses mentions the communal ritual of the calling out of the...