Torah Commentary

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...

We can do this easy, or we can do it hard

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By Rabbi Michael Werbow Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Vayera, Genesis 18:1-22:24. Imagine the urgency with which Abraham greeted his guests. As soon as...

On the road well traveled

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By Saul Golubcow Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Lech L’cha, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27 Robert Frost may have opted for “the road less traveled,”...

When using your words isn’t enough

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By Rabbah Arlene Berger Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32. They say every rabbi really only has three sermons. Mine are: We...

Keeping it relevant in 5781

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By Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Bereshit, Genesis 1:1-6.8. In the beginning, ours was the human story. As the Talmud...

What can I learn today?

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By Rabbi Jerry Seidler The autumn holidays call out to Jews for teshuvah, not so much repentance in my view, but for radical self-transformation. For...