Torah Commentary

Korach still up to his old tricks

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By Rabbah Arlene Berger Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Korach, Numbers 16:1 - 18:32. In Numbers 16, we meet Korach, a Levite, a cousin...

The 12 who didn’t go to spy

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By Rabbi Daniel Braune-Friedman Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Shelach, Numbers 13:1 - 15:41. In Parshat Shelach, the Israelites approach the Promised Land and...

The discipline to do what is permitted

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By Rabbi David L. Abramson Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Naso, Numbers 4:21–7:89. We read about a fascinating institution, the nazir, or Nazirite, in...

How to treat the ‘uncircumcised heart’

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By Saul Golubcow Special to WJW This week’s Torah portions are Behar and Bechukotai, Leviticus 25:1-27:34. Chapter upon chapter of Leviticus is about sacrifices to obtain God’s...

Priests are just like Jews, only more so

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By Rabbi Sanford H. Shudnow Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Emor, Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23. Emor is known more for its list of Jewish...

Making an appointment with God ‘anytime’

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By Rabbi Marc Israel Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1 - 20:27. Back when we were able to visit in one...

Can kashrut return to its ecological beginnings?

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By Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde Special to WJW This week’s Torah reading is Shemini, Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47. When I became observant in my early 20s (I’m now...

Singing the Song of the Sea… again

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By Rabbi Neil Tow Special to WJW Every Friday night, as Shabbat comes in, we sing Shiru L’Adonai Shir Chadash (Psalm 96) “Sing to God a...

A moonlit morning & gentle possibilities for freedom — a poetic approach

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By Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde Special to WJW Passover begins on Saturday at sunset. Day 1 I awoke early this morning. My body contemplated the possibility of returning to...

Why Leviticus can bring us closer

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By Rabbi Lia Bass Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26. I love the Book of Leviticus. It contains many important...