Torah Portion

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

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Gift Card Scam: Mishpatim a Case Study

By Rabbi Leah Berkowitz PARSHAT MISHPATIM Over the last few weeks, congregations throughout the country have been plagued by a series of email scams. The scammer creates...
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Why We Need Synagogue

By Rabbi Gregory Marx Parshat Yitro We learn in Exodus 19 that Moses went up to God, and God called to him from the mountain, saying,...
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Fiction is as Fiction Does

By Rabbi Shai Cherry Parshat B’shallach Why would anyone hang their faith on a biblical hook? This week’s Torah portion alone features pillars of cloud and fire,...
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Out of the Darkness Comes Light

By Rabbi Peter Rigler Parshat Bo These winter months can be difficult for many of us. Even those of us who don’t suffer from seasonal depression...
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Promises Made and Delivered

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Va-eira In Parshat Va-eira at Exodus 6:5-8, God makes five promises to Israel. He tells Moses to proclaim to B’nei...
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What’s in a Name?

By Rabbi Leah Berkowitz Parshat Shemot While the English name of the book of Exodus hints at the miraculous redemption contained therein, its Hebrew name, Shemot,...
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Care for All Fellow Jews Like Family

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Vayechi The Torah portion that closes the first book of the Torah signals the end of an era, and it has...
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Standing up and Saying Who We Are

By Rabbi Jason Bonder Parshat Vayigash The power of the Hebrew language never ceases to amaze me. Part of its immense beauty comes from its roots....
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Chanukah Lights Push Away Darkness

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Miketz “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon; and he shaved himself, and...
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23andme Meets #MeToo

By Rabbi Gila Ruskin Parshat Vayeshev Living in the 23andme era, when a little bit of saliva can reveal the secrets of our DNA connections to...