Torah Commentary

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...

How much longer? — the eternal question

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By Rabbi Craig Axler Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Bo, Exodus 10:1-13:16. “How much longer?” It’s a question parents of young children often have...

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...