Torah Portion

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

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Forging Trust Vital to Society

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Aharei Mot-K’doshim The double portion of the Torah reading this week, Aharei Mot-K’doshim, contains one chapter that’s known for its moral...
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A Time of Revelation, Accounting

By Rabbi David Levin Parshat Metzorah At home, socially distanced from the world, the silence is deafening and the sights are limited to what is accessible by...
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Look to Your Hands for the Future

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Parshat Shemini “And it happened on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel” (Leviticus...
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Imagine the Aftermath

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Passover Imagine the scene: Every family and individual huddled at home, hunkered down, commanded to do so, and painfully, terrifyingly aware of...
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Stop and Feel Gratitude: Dayenu

By Rabbi Helen Plotkin Parshat Tsav The second portion of Leviticus goes into detail about some of the rules of the temple sacrifices that were introduced...
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Drawing Close by Staying Apart

By Rabbi George Stern Parshat Vayikra For many Jews, Leviticus is the most difficult book of the Torah to wrap their heads around. The first several...
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Leadership Lessons in Trying Times

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei This week’s double Torah portion of Vayakhel and Pekudei contains, for the most part, a review of all of the...
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Where God Has Just Been

By Rabbi Kelilah Miller Parshat Ki Tisa As someone who has been a shul-goer since childhood and a Torah-reader since I became a bat mitzvah, I...
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Connection, Light and Truth

By Rabbi Shelly Barnathan Parshat Tetzaveh The Torah is a blessing, with each Torah portion providing us with a treasure of riches. Each parshah provides the...
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Where Do We Find God in the Internet Age?

By Rabbi Alan Iser Parshat Terumah At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, the Israelites are commanded to build a portable sanctuary in which to...