Torah Commentary

The day Abraham and God passed their test

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By Rabbi David L. Abramson Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vaera, Genesis 18:1-22:24. One biblical story that has yielded a tremendous variety of interpretations...

Who was the first Jew?

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By Rabbi Dr. Sanford H. Shudnow Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27. In college, with the exuberance of youth, I accepted...

What the world needs now is love

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By Rabbi Bruce Aft This week’s Torah portion is Bereshit, Genesis 1:1-6:8 As I write this, the Chicago White Sox have just clinched first place in...

On Sukkot, prayers for everyone

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By Rabbi James Michaels The Torah reading for Shabbat (the fifth intermediate day of Sukkot) is Exodus 33:12-34:26. Coming five days after Yom Kippur, the holiday...

We have our work cut out for us

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By Rabbi Bruce Aft This week’s Torah reading is Vayelech, Deuteronomy 31:1-30. Moses said, “I am 120 years old this day and I can no more...

The covenant is for everyone

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By Rabbi Lizz Goldstein This week’s Torah portion is Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20. I  was blessed to officiate over a baby naming. Like the other two baby...

Our relationship with God is a two-way street

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By Rabbi Craig Axler Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8. As we approach the end of our Torah reading cycle,...

Your nanny makes you an employer. The Torah makes you responsible for their well-being.

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By Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz It is easy, in our politically polarizing times, to look at every moral issue through a partisan lens. But we need not...

Wanted: shivah rituals for divorce

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By Rabbi Rory Katz This week’s Torah portion is Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19 Nowadays, divorce, a topic discussed in this week’s Torah portion, is often...

Generosity for the poor and the ‘returning citizen’

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By Rabbi Charles Feinberg Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Re’eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. This week’s portion is an expansive collection of laws regarding idolatry and...