Torah Portion

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

Are You What You Wear?

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Mel Feynman, the father of Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Richard P. Feynman, worked as a uniform salesman.

Carving Out Sacred Space

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In preparation for this Shabbat of Terumah, I have worked with a young student who celebrates his becoming a bar mitzvah this week.

The Spirituality of the Mundane

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This week’s Torah portion picks up immediately following the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Bridging the Worldly and the Heavenly

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Chapters 19 and 20 in this week’s Torah reading, Yitro, are among the most difficult and mysterious narratives in the whole of Torah.

What We Carry With Us

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Too many times over the past nearly two years, I have been asked to expand my role as rabbi and assume the impossible role of prophet:

The Beginning of the Jewish People

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Our weekly Torah portion, Bo (Exodus 10:1–13:16), is packed with drama, bursting with the roots for Jewish observance.

Calling People In

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By Rabbi Gregory S. Marx Parshat Vaera We are living in a time of tremendous polarization. Political analyst Bill Bishop observed that America is going through a...

And God Remembered the Covenant

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This week’s Torah portion, Shemot, begins with a list of those who made their way down to Egypt from Canaan.

In the Room Where it Happens

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In the hit musical “Hamilton,” Aaron Burr aches to be in the room where it happens.

The Risk of an Approach

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We are living in challenging times. Uncertainty and anxiety are often at the heart of all that we do.