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This Week’s Torah Portion: Wrestle Like A Jew

This week's parsha talks about the true meaning behind Jacob wrestling with his brother Esau's guardian angel. By Rabbi Bentzion Geisinsky Did you know that the...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Sensitivity To Others

Parshat Toldot: Genesis 25:19-28:9; Malachi 1:1-2:7. By Rabbi Megan Brudney It is so exciting to finally arrive at the beginning of a new year. Everything seems...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Moving Forward

Parshat Chaye Sara: Genesis 23:1-25:18; I Kings 1:1-31 By Rabbi Amy B. Bigman This week’s portion begins with the death of Sarah. It teaches us about...

This Week’s Torah Portion: A Model Of Get-Up-And-Go

Parshat Vayera: Genesis 18:1-22:24; II Kings 4:1-37. By Rabbi Steven Rubenstein The opening of this portion is the well-known narrative of Avraham welcoming the three angels...

This Week’s Torah Portion: A Picture Of A Leader

Parshat Lech-Lecha: Genesis 12:1-17:27; Isaiah 40:27-41:16. By Jeff Lasday Now God said to Avram: ‘Go out from your country, from your family and from your father’s...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Building The Ark Again

Parshat Noach: Genesis 6:9-11:32; Isaiah 54:1-55:5. In Noach, God promised to never destroy the Earth again (Genesis 8.21). But that says nothing of our precarious...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Begin Again for the First Time

Parshat Bereshit: Genesis 1:1-6:8; Isaiah 42:5-43:10. Let’s start at the very beginning, which is a very good place to start. This Shabbat, we start reading the...

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...

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