Torah Portion

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

Light Can Overcome the Darkest Night

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One of the most-cherished ritual items in our house is a hanukkiyyah that my wife’s parents bought for us in Israel.

Chanukah 5782

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This coming week we will be celebrating the holiday of Chanukah, the holiday of lights.

Being a Light Unto the Nations

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At the end of this week’s parsha, there is a rather disturbing episode.

The Ladder: An Opportunity to Climb

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In this week’s Torah reading, we are told of our forefather Jacob who, fleeing from his brother Esau, stops in Bethel to spend the night there.

Re-reading Prophecy

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This week in Parshat Toldot we enter into a cycle of sibling rivalry beginning with Jacob and Esau, a motif that repeats itself through the rest of the Book of Genesis.

To Eulogize and to Weep

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From where did Avraham come?

Seeing Ourselves in the Other

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In this week’s Torah portion, we find Abraham sitting at the opening of his tent.

The Nature of Our Calling

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While this week’s parsha starts at Bereysheet (Genesis 12), in the Torah scroll there are no chapters and verses, only columns, indentations and a little space between the five books.

Sukkahs, Arks and Towers

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By Rabbi Ron Symons Parshat Noach I write these words as I contemplate when I might take down my sukkah at the end of Sukkot. I...

Sukkahs, Arks and Towers

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By Rabbi Ron Symons Parshat Noach  I write these words as I contemplate when I might take down my sukkah at the end of Sukkot. I...