Torah Portion

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

Are You What You Wear?

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

Carving Out Sacred Space

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

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

Bridging the Worldly and the Heavenly

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

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

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

Calling People In

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

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

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

The Risk of an Approach

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