Torah Portion

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

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The Unbearable Lightness of Tazria-Metzora

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I have Tazria! Great! I am the rabbi that gets to write about the diseases of the Bible.
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Look Both Ways Before You Cross

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“Look both ways before you cross!” That’s guidance we’ve all heard, likely drilled into us as children.

Find Meaning in Passover’s Final Days

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The Pesach seder remains the most observed Jewish festival home gathering to this day.

Deep in the Trash: A Jewish Pride

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By Rabbi Jonah Rank Parshat Tzav I don’t know if the Queen of England disposes of her own waste. Nor can I envision her emptying the...

Getting Back Up Again

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By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Vayikra The Book of Leviticus is my favorite book in the Torah. Its first parshah, also called Vayikra, deals with the...
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Assembly Required!

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People don’t come fully assembled; they are built and broken, polished and sanded, hardened by experience, and softened by time.
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Full Meaning of a Half-Shekel

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Ki Tisa begins with God instructing Moses that when he is taking a census of the Israelite people, everyone 20 or older shall pay a half-shekel.
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In Light We Are Seen

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Step into the Molish Sanctuary at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am in Abington and you’re immediately enveloped by a breathtaking room with a soaring ceiling, continuous red brick walls and warm gold carpeting reminiscent of Sinai’s desert sand.
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Structures for Moving Forward

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In this week’s Torah reading, G-d speaks to Moses and Israel from Mount Sinai. The Israelites listen and accept the covenant that G-d proposed, saying “We will do and we will listen.”

The Bigness of Little Things

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By Rabbi Gregory Marx Parshat Mishpatim My wife and I have not been able to travel, go out for dinner, see friends, even be with our...