Torah Portion

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

Tenuous Memories Can Be a Threat

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Miketz Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh (Menashe from the Hebrew root: to forget) meaning God has made me forget completely my...
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The Most Important Chanukah Candle

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Vayeshev A 7-year-old member of my synagogue once asked me, “Rabbi, which is the most important candle on the chanukiyah...

Preparing to Share Chanukah’s Light

By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz Parshah Vayishlach The candles. The oil. The darkness. The Light. For the Jewish people, the symbols of Chanukah remind us that...

Acknowledging Forgotten Foremothers

By Rabbi Beth Janus Parshat Vayetzei What if I told you that in addition to the three forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the four foremothers,...

Digging Your Own Well

By Rabbi Alan Iser Parshat Toldot Much of his life, the patriarch Isaac appears to be a passive figure in the events that swirl around him:...

Sarah’s Impact Still Felt Today

By Rabbi Tsurah August Parshat Chayei Sarah Oh, Mother Sarah! During this time of high anxiety in our country, especially the weeks leading up to the election,...

We Can Make That Change

By Rabbi Jeremy Schneider Parshah Vayera In the year 1054, there was a huge supernova explosion, an explosion that eventually became the Crab Nebula. Astronomers in...
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Let Us All Be ‘Fanatics,’ Like Abraham

By Rabbi Elchonon Friedman Parshat Lech Lecha Abraham was a fanatic. He understood G-d to be different from the accepted worldview of his era. Contrary to...

Belief Never as Important as Action

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Parshat Noach Efrat, Israel — “And Haran died before his father, in the land of his birth, in Ur Kasdim” (Gen. 11:28). When...

The Day We Stop in the Name of Love

By Rabbi Shawn Zevit Shemini Atzeret “On the eighth day (of Sukkot), you will have a holy day ... it is a day of cessation, of...