Torah Portion

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

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Structures for Moving Forward

In this week’s Torah reading, G-d speaks to Moses and Israel from Mount Sinai. The Israelites listen and accept the covenant that G-d proposed, saying “We will do and we will listen.”

The Bigness of Little Things

By Rabbi Gregory Marx Parshat Mishpatim My wife and I have not been able to travel, go out for dinner, see friends, even be with our...

You’ve Got a Friend

By Rabbi Tsurah August Parshat Yitro Before I became a rabbi, I was a management consultant to large corporations. One of my roles was to help...
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Cantor Interprets Exodus Story

By Cantor Rita Glassman Parshat Bo Perhaps you’ve already heard this story. Still, I imagine you’ll agree that a really good story never loses its ability...

The Question of Unity

By Rabbi Janine Jankovitz Parshat Beshalach President Joe Biden has spent a great deal of time over the past few months speaking on the topic of...

D’var Torah: The True Value of Education

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

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

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

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

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...