Torah Commentary

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...

A model for sacred reopening

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By Rabbi Jill Levy Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vayakhel-Pekudei, Exodus 35:1-40:38. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey flooded 10 feet of water into the basement...

What’s God like?

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By Bill Dauster Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11–34:35. What is God like? In this week’s Torah reading, after the Israelites’...

Holy space our ancestors couldn’t imagine

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By Rabbi Jennifer Weiner This week’s Torah portion is Terumah, Exodus 25:1 - 27:19. How many of us are Zoomed out? In the beginning of Zoom...

The religious side of civil law

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By Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1 - 24:18. Parshat Mishpatim seems to mark a transition in the Torah....

They tried to kill us. We keep God before us. Let’s eat.

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By Rabbi Alana Suskin Special to WJW This week’s Torah reading is Yitro, Exodus 18:1 - 20:23. The Ten Commandments, which appear for the first time in...

What we learned in the desert

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By Tzippy Ross This week’s Torah portion is Beshalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16. This week’s parshah is a transition when B’nai Yisrael leave behind their lives as slaves...