Torah Portion

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

D’var Torah: The True Value of Education

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By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Bo This week’s Torah portion, Bo, marks the beginning of the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery in Egypt. It begins with...

Magic and Advice a Potential Danger

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By Rabbi Joshua Waxman Parshat Va’era It’s all the magicians’ fault. In this week’s Torah portion, Va’era, Moses approaches God with a demand and a warning: Pharaoh...

D’var Torah: Turning in Order to See

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By Rabbi Shelly Barnathan Parshat Shemot Parshat Shemot contains a story that we know quite well — the famous story of Moses and the Burning Bush....

Philanthropy’s Role in Torah Study

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By Rabbi Robert Layman PARSHAT VAYECHI For three months, we have read from the Book of Genesis, beginning with the account of creation, proceeding through...
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Same Words, Different Meaning

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By Rabbi Jason Bonder Parshat Vayigash There is a wonderful teaching about a student who approached a rabbi and asked, “Rabbi, why is it that we...

Tenuous Memories Can Be a Threat

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By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Miketz Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh (Menashe from the Hebrew root: to forget) meaning God has made me forget completely my...
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The Most Important Chanukah Candle

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By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Vayeshev A 7-year-old member of my synagogue once asked me, “Rabbi, which is the most important candle on the chanukiyah...

Preparing to Share Chanukah’s Light

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By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz Parshah Vayishlach The candles. The oil. The darkness. The Light. For the Jewish people, the symbols of Chanukah remind us that...

Acknowledging Forgotten Foremothers

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By Rabbi Beth Janus Parshat Vayetzei What if I told you that in addition to the three forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the four foremothers,...

Digging Your Own Well

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By Rabbi Alan Iser Parshat Toldot Much of his life, the patriarch Isaac appears to be a passive figure in the events that swirl around him:...