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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...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Moses Had A Sister

Parshat Bachaaloteha: Numbers 8:1-12:16; Zechariah 2:14-4:7. By Rabbi Ariana Gordon When we teach of Moses, we generally teach of a great leader: the man who led...

This Week’s Torah Portion: We Are Truly Blessed

Parshat Naso: Numbers 21:1-7:89; Judges 13:2-25. By Rabbi Daniel Schwartz The old cliché says that Eskimos have 50 different words for snow because that’s their world. We...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Stand and Be Counted

Parshat Bamidbar: Numbers 1:1-4:20; Hosea 2:1-22. Rabbi Jeremy Yoskowitz A national census, at any level, is no small undertaking. For those who are counted, it might...

This Week’s Torah Portion: The Meaning of Giving

Parshat Emor: Leviticus 21:1-24:23; Ezekiel 44:15-31. By Rabbi Alana Alpert Tzedakah can seem unnatural. Why would we want to give up what we have? When we have...

Weekly Torah Portion: That Which Is Holy

Parshat Kedoshim: Leviticus 19:1-20:27; Amos 9:7-15. In Judaism we use the Hebrew root kof-daled-shin a lot. We make Kiddush on Shabbat, we say Kaddish when...

This Week’s Torah Portion: Outside The Walls

Parshat Achrey Mot: Leviticus 16:1-18:30; I Samuel 20:18-42. (Shabbat Machar Chodesh) By Rabbi Yoni Dahlen An intrinsic element of human nature is a seeking out of...

Weekly Torah Portion: What Is Freedom?

Parshat Pesach 8: Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17; Numbers 28:19-25; Isaiah 10:32-12:6. By Rabbi Mendel Polter Have you ever thought about the common use of the word freedom? America...

Weekly Torah Portion: From Disgrace To Praise

Parshat Pesach I: Exodus 12:21-51; Numbers 28:16-25; Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 27. By Rabbi Aura Ahuvia It is interesting that our portion for Shabbat of Passover, Exodus....

This Week’s Torah Portion: Is Purity The Question?

Parshat Metzora: Leviticus 14:1-15:33; Malachi 3:4-24. (Shabbat HaGadol) By Rabbi Dan Horwitz The Torah goes into significant depth when exploring the categories of ritually pure (tahor)...

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