Torah Portion

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

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Jewish Karma?

By Rabbi Nathan Martin Parshat Vayeitzei In this week’s parshah, we encounter the famous episode where Jacob, on the run from having deceived his brother out...
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Struggling With Masculinity

By Rabbi Gregory Marx Parshat Toldot Most Biblical commentators interpret the conflict between Jacob and Essau in Parshat Toldot as the perennial struggle between nations. Israel then...
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Fulfilling Our Birthright as Jews

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Chayei Sarah Picture this: You work for an incredibly influential, powerful and famous family. Your boss has met with world leaders,...
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Yitzhak Rabin 24 Years Later

Parshat Vayera By Rabbi Barry Blum “And Abraham stretched his hand, and took the knife to slay his son, Yitzhak. The angel of the Lord called...
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Continuity and Change on Our Soul Journeys

By Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Parshat Lech Lecha Dedicated to the all the sacred work of mesnchwork.org and my father Lester, on his journey with Alzheimer’s...
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The Distraction Generation

By Rabbi Jason Bonder Parshat Noach There is a character in the 2009 Walt Disney film “Up” named Dug. Dug is a dog who wears a...
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Reflecting the Divine Image

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Bereshit Bereshit contains the well-known verse: “So God created the human beings in (the divine) image, creating (them) in the...
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Why Do We Sit in the Sukkah?

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Sukkot “You shall dwell in booths for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel...
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What Forms the Rocks of Life?

By Rabbi Joshua Waxman Parshat Ha’azinu A podcast by political reporters that I regularly listen to recently found the contributors stepping back and reflecting on this...
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Who Wrote the Torah? The Answer Doesn’t Impact Value

By Rabbi Peter Rigler Parshat Vayalech “Moses wrote down this Torah and gave it to the Priests, sons of Levi, who carried the Ark of the...