Torah Commentary

Four verbs that set us free

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By Rabbah Arlene Berger Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Va’era, Exodus 6:2-9:35. We are living in extraordinary times that impact each of us emotionally,...

Slavery then and now

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By Rabbi Charles Feinberg This week’s Torah portion is Shemot, Exodus 1:1 – 6:1. This week we begin reading the Book of Exodus with Parshat Shemot....

The man who saw too much — and too little

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By Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vayechi, Genesis 47:28 - 50:26. This week, our Torah teaches us a lesson about a...

As if a pandemic had ended, Joseph reunites with his brothers

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By Rabbi Amy Schwartzman This week’s Torah portion is Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27. Parshat Vayigash tells of two important milestones for the Jewish people who, at that...

What Joseph got wrong

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By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin This week’s Torah portion is Miketz, Genesis 41:1 – 44:17. One of the most fascinating aspects of the portions we are reading...

Like flour baked into bread

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By Rabbi John Franken Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23. Margaret MacMillan’s acclaimed new book, “War: How Conflict Shaped Us,” makes a...

The pope and Joseph

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By Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27. In October 1960, a delegation of 130 Jewish leaders met with...

A win for the sisterhood

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By Rabbi Deborah Reichmann Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vayetze, Genesis 28:10 - 32:3. This week’s parshah tells of Jacob’s flight from Beersheva, his...

Isaac’s do-over adds justice to Abraham’s love

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By Rabbi Alana Suskin Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Toldot, Genesis 25:19 - 28:9. A number of people are credited with the pithy saying, “The...

Taking it slowly across a very narrow bridge

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By Rabbi Lizz Goldstein This week’s Torah portion is Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18. Rabbi Nachman of Breslov would say, “The whole world is a very narrow...