Torah Portion

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

Could That Have Been Elijah?

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One of my teachers, Rabbi Burt Visotzky, tells the story of meeting Elijah the Prophet.
Shawn Zevit is a white wam with grey hair and glasses wearing a beige speaking and playing an acoustic guitar.

Filling in the Blanks

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Parshat Hukkat  The word hukka, or decree, is associated with the word hakikah, or engraving. The Torah is to be in our hearts like an...

Who Is Honored? He Who Honors Others

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Our Torah reading takes its name from its central figure, Korach.

The Act of Seeing

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I was 17 when I started wearing tallit katan.

Acting in Our Higher Selves

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A lot happens in this week’s Parshat Beha’alotcha.

What Will We Do with a Rotten Torah?

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Full disclosure: I love Torah. Deeply. Even at its worst.

Escaping the Wilderness

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It sometimes feels as if we are all b’midbar, in the wilderness.

The Complicated Matter of Reward and Punishment

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The message of this week’s Torah portion, B’chukotai, is straightforward.

A Place of Choosing

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This week’s parsha, Behar, places the Israelites, renewed from their freedom from Egyptian enslavement, at Mount Sinai.

Different Sides, Same Circle

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When you are 5½-years-old, your half-birthday is a big event.