Torah Commentary

The Shema’s amazing staying power

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By Rabbi James R. Michaels Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11. “Shema Yisrael…” Almost any Jew who hears these two...

The buzz over the book of Deuteronomy

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By Rabbi Deborah Reichmann Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22. “Eleh ha-devarim — These are the words.” This is the...
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Equal protection, equal justice under the law

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By Clifford S. Fishman Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Matot-Massei, Numbers 30:2-36:13. Chapter 35 in the book of Numbers focuses on one topic: the...

The case of the daughters of Zelophehad

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By Saul Golubcow Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Pinchas, Numbers 25:10 – 30:1 The case of the daughters of Zelophehad (Numbers 27:1-11) is remarkable...

What leaders and protesters owe each other

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By Rabbi Daniel Plotkin Special to WJW This week’s Torah reading is Korach, Numbers 16:1-18:32. In the Torah portion Korach, we see an Israelite community in great...

Parsha Preview: Rabbi Hyim Shafner on Shelach

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What does the episode of the spies have to do with mitzvot about wine and bread later in this week's Torah portion, Parshat Shelach?...

‘Tanya in 10’ with Rabbi Deitsch: What’s in a number?

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Written by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), the founder of Chabad, Tanya is the central text of Chabad Chasidism. "Tanya in 10" is...

Calling on past generations to see us through frightening times

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By Rabbi Rachel Hersh This week’s Torah portion is Shlach Lecha, Numbers 13:1 - 15:41. “Send scouts for yourself . . .” (Numbers 13:2). We encounter these...

Calling on past generations to see us through frightening times

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By Rabbi Rachel Hersh This week’s Torah portion is Shlach Lecha, Numbers 13:1 - 15:41. “Send scouts for yourself . . .” (Numbers 13:2). We encounter these...

Help the needy, and build your kibbutz

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By Rabbi Sanford H. Shudnow The reading for the second day of Shavuot is Deuteronomy 14:22 - 16:17. The second day Torah reading for Shavuot is...