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Weekly Torah Portion – Embodying Empathy

Parshat Emor: Leviticus 21:1-24:23; Ezekiel 44:15-31. Our actions in the world can either bring sanctity (kiddush HaShem) or desecration (chillul HaShem) to God’s name. In portion...

Weekly Torah Portion – The Torah says #MeToo

Parshat Acharey Mot/Kedoshim: Leviticus 16:1-20:27; Amos 9:7-15. I have to admit, I wanted to take the easy road when it came to this Torah commentary. This...

Weekly Torah Portion – The Laws Of Impurity

Parshat Tazora/Metzora: Leviticus 12:1-15:33; II Kings 7:3-20. As we open the Torah this week, we find ourselves reading the double portion of Tazria-Metzora. As the...

Weekly Torah Portion – Perfecting Imperfection

Parshat Shemini: Leviticus 9:1-11:47; I Samuel 20:18-42. (Shabbat Machar Chodesh) My great-grandfather Avrum Nachman, of blessed memory, was accustomed to starting seder in a unique...

Weekly Torah Portion – We Question To Learn

Passover celebrates the Israelite exodus from Egypt, reflected upon in many places in the Torah as the cornerstone of Jewish religious faith in God. The...

Weekly Torah Portion – Our Special Nation

The opening of Vayikra tell us that God first called to Moses and then communicated to him a specific message concerning the sacrificial offerings...

Weekly Torah Portion – Reading Between The Lines

Can you imagine a story that neglects to mention the main character? Parshat Tetzaveh: Exodus 27:20-30:10; Samuel 15:2-34 (Shabbat Zachor) This week’s Torah portion seems to do just that....

Weekly Torah Portion – Sharing Our Gifts

Parshat Terumah gives us detailed instructions for fashioning the Mishkan — the Tent of Meeting during the years of wandering in the wilderness. As...

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