Torah Portion

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

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Shavuot: First Fruits of Revelation

BY Rabbi Shawn Zevit Shavuot This week heralds in Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, one of our three regalim, or pilgrimage festivals, which originated as an...
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Stand at the Edge of Opportunity

By Rabbi Kami Knapp Parshat Bamidbar Imagine the scene: Moses, Miriam and Aaron have led the people from Egypt. With slavery at their backs and freedom...
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How Much Is a Life Worth?

By Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner Parshat Behar-BeChukotai Did you ever wonder what your life is worth? The U.S. government and its agencies do ask, “What is the...
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To Be or Not to Be a Kohen

By Rabbi David Ackerman Parshat Emor A man walks into the rabbi’s study, visibly distressed. “Sit down,” says the rabbi. “What troubles you?” “Rabbi,” he begins, “I’d...
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Forging Trust Vital to Society

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Aharei Mot-K’doshim The double portion of the Torah reading this week, Aharei Mot-K’doshim, contains one chapter that’s known for its moral...
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A Time of Revelation, Accounting

By Rabbi David Levin Parshat Metzorah At home, socially distanced from the world, the silence is deafening and the sights are limited to what is accessible by...
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Look to Your Hands for the Future

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Parshat Shemini “And it happened on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel” (Leviticus...
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Imagine the Aftermath

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Passover Imagine the scene: Every family and individual huddled at home, hunkered down, commanded to do so, and painfully, terrifyingly aware of...
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Stop and Feel Gratitude: Dayenu

By Rabbi Helen Plotkin Parshat Tsav The second portion of Leviticus goes into detail about some of the rules of the temple sacrifices that were introduced...
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Drawing Close by Staying Apart

By Rabbi George Stern Parshat Vayikra For many Jews, Leviticus is the most difficult book of the Torah to wrap their heads around. The first several...