Torah Portion

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

Acting Rightly, Choosing Wisely

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By Rabbi Nathan Martin Parshat Re’eh In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Re’eh, Moses mentions the communal ritual of the calling out of the...

Our Eyes May Deceive Us

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By Rabbi Gila Colman Ruskin Parshat Eikev You young folks just really don’t appreciate all that we went through so that you and your peers could...

To Learn and to Teach

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By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Va-etchanan In Deuteronomy 4:1-14 one verbal root is used five times. It is l-m-d, lamed-mem-dalet. The basic meaning is to...

All We Have to Fear…

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By Rabbi Raysh Weiss Parshat Devarim The fifth and final book of the Torah, the Book of Deuteronomy (Devarim in Hebrew) is also referred to as...
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Differ Between Passion, Fanaticism

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By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Pinchas This Shabbat’s Torah portion, Parshat Pinchas, begins by referring to an event that occurred at the end of the prior...
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The Heart Knows That Is Right

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By Rabbi Gregory S. Marx Parshat Chukat-Balak According to a midrash, Pharaoh had three advisers. He didn’t know what to do with the Jewish people. They...

On Questioning Accepted Truths

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By Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz Parshat Korach This is not an easy time to read about the rebellion of Korach. In this week’s Torah portion, Korach stages...

Caleb: Visions of What Can Be, Not Just What Is

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By Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman Parshat Shelach Lecha In the current cultural and political environment, we have a great deal of difficulty agreeing on what is...
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Are the Clouds Lifting?

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By Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein Parshat B’ha’alotecha From the day the mishkan was erected, the cloud covered the mishkan, the tent of the covenant ... whenever...
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What Is a Real Blessing?

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ollega / iStock / Getty Images PlusBY RABBI ALAN ISER Parshat Naso One of my dearest childhood memories is going under my father’s tallit when the...