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This Week’s Torah Portion: Facts On The Ground

Parshat Haazinu: Deuteronomy 32:1-52; II Samuel 22:1-51. By Rabbi Mitch Parker “Let the skies hear as I speak; let the Earth listen to the words of...

This Week’s Torah Portion: What Do We Do With Our Years?

Parshat Vayelekh: Detuteronomy 31:1-30; Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27. (Shabbat Shuvah) Ad me’ah v’esrim!” (“May you live until 120.”) We often hear and use...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Being Chosen Is A Challenge

Parshat KiTavo: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8; Isaiah 60:1-22 By Howard Lupovitch This week’s Torah portion underscores the complexity in the relationship between God and Israel, specifically the notion...

This Week’s Torah Portion: A Basic Conflict

Parshat Ki Tetze: Deuteronomy 21:16-25:19; Isaiah 54:1-10. By Rabbi Aaron Bergman The comedian Jay Mohr said that the key to his marriage is not that he...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Taking Responsibility

Parshat Shoftim: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9; Isaiah 51:12-52:12. By Rabbi Schneor Greenberg Have you ever heard the expression, “I wash my hands of this matter?” Where did this...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Life’s Challenges

Parshat Ekev: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25; Isaiah 49:14-51:3. In Parashat Ekev, Moses is in the midst of preparing the Israelites to cross over the Jordan into the...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Words Matter

Parshat Mattot/Massei: Numbers 30:2-36:13; Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4. Rabbi Mark Miller Some of the laws in the Torah still guide our lives today: Think about eating matzah...

This Week’s Torah Portion: A Broken Peace

Parshat Pinchas: Numbers 25:16-30:1; Jeremiah 1:1-2:3. By Rabbi Brent Gutmann This week’s Torah portion contains an especially challenging episode, one which produces a call to arms...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Our Miraculous Gifts

Parshat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:6-6:8. By Rabbi Elliott Pachter A talking donkey? Middle school metal shop class? What do they have in common? Read on. In...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Healing Broken Relationships

Parshat Korach: Numbers 16:1-18:32; I Samuel 11:14-12:22. I was recently teaching a class about the weekly Torah portion when someone mentioned the rebellion of Korach. I...

This Week’s Torah Portion: The Power Of Relationships

Parshat Shelach Lechah: Numbers 13:1-15:41; Joshua 2:1-24. By Rabbi Joseph Krakoff One thing is for certain: Relationships are never easy. They are hard work, challenging and...

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