Torah Commentary

Listen, people

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Rabbi Abi Weber | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Va’etchanan: Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11. Every evening for the last 19 months, my wife...

A people on the cusp of a milestone

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Rabbi Sarah Tasman | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22. Devarim (Words), begins the fifth and final book of the Five...

When a woman’s word and property were not her own

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Rabbi Deborah Reichmann | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Matot-Masei, Numbers 30:2 - 36:13. Whenever women get to be center stage in the...

Pinchas and Goethe

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Rabbi Jack Luxemburg | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Pinchas, Numbers 25:10 - 30:1. “What you get by achieving your goals is less...

When God gives us the power of speech

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Rabbi Alana Suskin | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Balak, Numbers 22:2 - 25:9. The opening verses of Leonard Cohen’s song “If It...

What did Moses do that was so wrong?

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By Rabbi Craig Axler This week's Torah portion is Chukat,  Numbers 19:1 - 22:1 In this week’s Torah portion, we find several key moments that advance...

Resolving disagreements

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Rabbi Tyler Dratch Parshat Korach includes the most satisfying account of divine justice in the entire Torah. Korach assembles a group of 250 leaders who...

Miriam’s illness, Moses’ prayer to heal

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Rabbi Valerie Joseph | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Beha’alotecha, Numbers 8:1-12:16. A lot happens in Beha’alotcha. • God tells Moses to assign his...

What will we do with the bitter waters?

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This week’s Torah portion is Nasso, Numbers 4:21 - 7:89. Full disclosure: I love Torah. Deeply. Even at its worst. Our parshah describes a marriage gone...

Our attitude should be one of gratitude

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Rabbi Jennifer Weiner | Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Bechukotai, Leviticus 26:3-27:34. There is a legend about a king who processed a perfect...