Torah Portion

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

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‘Open Up Your Hearts …’

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We wake up each morning thanking God for putting the breath of life into us.
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Into Our Hearts

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This Shabbat, on which parshat V’Etkhanan is read, has a special designation as “Shabbat Nakhamu — the Shabbat of Comforting.”
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Dream and Reality

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I’m grateful to have a fairly normal summer after the loneliness and boredom of a lockdown year.
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Finding Our Miklat

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Numbers, chapter 35 speaks about the Ir Miklat, or the six cities of refuge.
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The Sum of Us, Not Just Some of Us

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Perhaps you remember the 2020 census. I know, it seems like it was so long ago.
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Ignore Noise, Focus on Mission

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Who, or what, defines Israel, and why does it matter?
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Life in Interesting, Challenging Times

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Gathering in anger against our leaders is a tale as old as time.
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Korach, Racism and Pruning the Tree of Life

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At the beginning of each “Introduction to Judaism” class I’ve taught at college, before I even introduce myself to the students, I ask them to yell out things they know about Judaism.
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Real, But Not True

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My county will soon stop sending out the daily messages about the county’s COVID rates that many of us have gotten daily since March 2020. It has felt like a solid piece of information that I could count on.
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The Levites Go Back to School

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At what age do Levites begin serving in the tabernacle?