Torah Portion

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

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The Torah Is Not in Heaven

By Rabbi Eli Freedman Parshat Nitzavim As the month of Elul comes to a close and we prepare to enter our New Year of 5780, we...
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A Call for Civic and Civil Dialogue

By Rabbi Gregory S. Marx Parshat Ki Tavo We all know the truth. Our country is in a terrible moral crisis. Not only are we attacking...
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Knowing Right Versus Wrong

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Ki Teitzei Early in my career as a rabbi, I happened upon someone in my former congregation eating at an outdoor...
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Traveling Now to Find Our Heart

By Rabbi Fredi Cooper Parshat Shoftim I look above and see a different sky than I have encountered all summer. The clouds have changed their character...
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We Are Merely the Caretakers

By Rabbi Howard Alter Parshat Re’eh Moses is quoted in this week’s Torah reading describing the Jewish nation as God’s Chosen People who are set aside...
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Unconditional Love and Covenantal Love

By Rabbi Sigal Brier Parshat Eikev In the midst of the many rules, laws and conditions which define covenantal love in Torah, we find God’s unconditional...
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Yetzer Hara Vs. Yetzer Hatov

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Va-etchanan The terms id and superego became well known in the late 19th and early 20th centuries through the psychoanalytic...
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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...