Torah Portion

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Each Generation Reinterprets the Torah

By Rabbi Helen Plotkin Parshat Devarim The medieval Jewish commentator known as Rashi is famous for saying much in few words. With his brief comment on...
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Make the Most of Life’s 42 Stages

By Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Parshat Mattot-Masei The double portion of Mattot-Masei is one of seven places in the Torah in which portions are read as...
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Every Moral Case Is Complex

By Rabbi Kami Knapp Parshat Pinchas Pinchas is a parshah rich with different cases regarding moral decision making, including murder, inclusion, women’s equality and legacy. There is...
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‘Talking Donkey’ a Metaphor for Soothsayers, Sorcery

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Parshat Balak “There is no sorcery for Jacob, there is no magic for Israel.” (Numbers 23:23) What is the true message of an...
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Tradition! And Change

By Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz Parshat Chukat In Tevye the Dairyman, the Sholom Aleichem serial that inspired the musical Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, the poor...
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Which Side Are You On?

By Rabbi David Levin Parshat Korach As I engaged with Parshat Korach this time around, I found myself asking an interesting question: If I were there,...
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Reflections From 12 Years After a Spouse’s Death

By Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz Parshat Shelach Lecha The Torah is a prism through which we see our lives and, like a prism, it has many facets. Twelve...
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Getting out of a Rut of Negativity

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Beha’alotcha This week’s Torah portion, Beha’alotcha, begins by describing a general murmuring of complaints and negativity against God, which resulted in...
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Acquiring Wealth Shouldn’t Dominate One’s Life Goals

By Rabbi Robert Layman Parashat Naso This week’s Torah reading, Naso in the Book of Numbers, is the longest in the annual cycle of parshiot. It begins...

Count Up to Focus on Present

By Rabbi Abe Friedman Parashat Bamidbar As Shabbat draws to a close this week, we will also reach the end of counting the omer — 49...