Torah Commentary

Don’t Stop Believing

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By Rabbi David Levin This week’s Torah portion is Bo: Exodus 10:1 - 13:16. Have you ever felt your good work did not matter? Bo teaches...

Don’t forget about Aaron

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By Rabbi Jeremy Markiz This week’s Torah portion is Va’era, Exodus 6:2-9:35. When we think about the heroes of the Torah, we could come up with...

A name is a relationship

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By Rabbi Michael Werbow This week’s Torah portion is Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1. How many names do you have? In a midrash in Kohelet Rabba we learn...

The hidden blessing of Ephraim and Menashe

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Rabbi Deborah Reichmann | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vayechi, Genesis 47:28-50:26. The end of the beginning. After taking us from Creation through...

The shamash is the hidden light within us

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By Rabbi Corey Helfand This week’s Torah portion is Miketz, Genesis 41:1 - 44:17. I have always found it interesting that we light the Chanukah candles...

Was Joseph autistic?

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By Rabbi Laurie Green This week’s Torah portion is Vayeshev: Genesis 37:1 - 40:23. Was Joseph autistic? It would certainly explain a lot about his personality...

From the Torah we learn that names can change

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Rabbi Lizz Goldstein | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4-36:43. This Shabbat marks Human Rights Day, and will kick off a...

Getting close to God

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By Rabbi Dr. Sanford H. Shudnow This week’s Torah portion is Vayetze, Genesis 28:10 - 32:3. Nowhere do we find the God of immanence more than...

The many relationships of Jacob and Esau

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By Rabbi Alan Iser This week’s Torah portion is Toldot, Genesis 25:19 - 28:9. At the heart of Toldot is the troubled relationship between the twins...

Why did Eliezer change his story?

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By Bill Dauster This week’s Torah portion is Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1–25:18. Does a story gain or lose from retelling? Either way, it probably changes. The product...