Torah Portion

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

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Rebekah, Like Sarah, Known for Her Warmth

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As I have been thinking about this Torah portion, Hurricane Sandy has come through Philadelphia, leaving us safe, but still without power in my...
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First We Do Charity, Then We Turn to Prayer

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  He was an old man, frail, tired, and bereaved. News of Hitler's advancing army preoccupied him, and he was overwhelmed, if not broken, by...
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Opening Hearts to God Is a Lifetime Journey

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This portion begins with a command: Lech Lecha, go forth. Twenty-seven years ago, a Jew who had been denied the opportunity to celebrate becoming...
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Noah Is No Abraham, but Isn’t He a Hero?

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Imagine the late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen facing off against Noah in the 1988 vice presidential debate. Noah might make a remark about the great patriarch Abraham,...
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So Why Is It That Torah Begins with a ‘Bet’?

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We have spent the last weeks pursuing new beginnings. We have tried to repair old wrongs and move on from them, we have identified...
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Holiday of Sukkot Has More Than One Meaning

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The holiday of Sukkot that we are celebrating this week centers on the Sukkah, the fragile structure with three walls and a roof of...
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Moses’ Choice is Stark One: Blessing or Curse

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Although we know that we have five senses with which to apprehend the world, we tend to rely heavily on our sense of sight....
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His Last Words: Service to God ‘Is Your Very Life’

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What would your last words be if you knew you were about to die? How would you choose and position your words to reflect...
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This Is the Time to Turn Back to God

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Some might say it is a coincidence of our calendar that this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, is read just before the High Holidays....
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Portion Challenges Us to Rethink What Is Just

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On Sunday, Aug. 19, Jews around the world welcomed the month of Elul with a single blast of the shofar. At the kotel, women...