Torah Commentary

Counting the omer at the Supreme Court

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Melissa Werbow | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Emor, Leviticus 21:1-24:23. When my husband and I were preparing for our wedding, we met...

Holiness is aspirational

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Rabbi Lizz Goldstein | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Kedoshim, Leviticus 19:1-20:27. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, a Scottish Torah authority, calls this week’s Torah...

After? Getting Past, or Going Through?

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Rabbi Eric Yanoff | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30. Is there really an “after” in this life? Certainly, rabbinic Judaism...

Next year on the seder plate

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Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner | Special to WJW What do you remember most vividly about your earliest seder experiences? Many of us remember them with the...

My grandparents’ Passover plates

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Rabbi Kim Blumenthal | Special to WJW Songs. Food. Stories. The Passover seder holds traditions, both intimately personal and universally shared. My earliest memories include...

Most of life is less than ‘99 44/100%’ pure

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Rabbi Evan J. Krame | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Metzora, Leviticus 14:1-1533. Television commercials often reflect the current fixations of our society....

Being a leper isn’t so different from being a priest

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Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Tazria, Leviticus 12:1 - 13:59. I both love and find deeply frustrating our Jewish community’s diversity....

Aaron the high priest and Robert Frost the poet

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By Clifford S. Fishman | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47. In Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy...

Why Hamans lose

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By Rabbi Aaron Miller Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Tzav, Leviticus 6:1-8:36. My young children are keeping their Purim plans a secret. All my...

When the whole community has erred but the matter escapes their notice

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By Rabbi Dr. Sanford H. Shudnow Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26. I spoke with a Christian clergyman about the idea of...