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Torah Portion

Building a Relationship with God Requires the Melding of Outer Behaviors With Inner Essence

By Rabbi Simcha Zevit Parshat Terumah The essence of Torah is to teach us how to be in relationship to God. In our Torah readings these...

Concept of Covenant More Important Than Ever in Modern, Fractured World

By Rabbi Geri Newburge Parshat Mishpatim The Talmud (Gittin 56) tells the story of a man who wanted to throw a party, so he drew...

Humility Required Above All

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin   Parshat Yitro In the time when the Torah was given, all religions were intimately connected with sexuality, temple prostitutes and orgiastic rites....

Examining Two Sides of One Staff Raises Issues of Both Evil, Compassion

By Rabbi Joel Hecker Parshat Beshalach “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and split it apart, that the Israelites may come...

Multiple Factors Responsible for Leadership Success, As Exemplified By Moses

By Rabbi George Stern   Parshat Bo Discussions about leaders and leadership styles have been ubiquitous recently. The Tanakh (Jewish Scripture) is replete with stories about leaders...

Human Race Spiritually Hardwired to Respond to and Act on World Suffering

By Rabbi Nathan Martin   Parshat Vaera In the beginning of this week’s parsha, Va-era, God speaks to Moses promising to act on Israel’s cries of suffering...

There’s No Telling When a Significant Event May Change Your Life’s Direction

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Shemot David Roskies, professor of Jewish literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary, has written, “Text and experience are reciprocally enlightening:...

Returning to the Edge of the Pit, and Then Finding the Right Words

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Vayechi Sometimes, writing a rabbinic message for a newspaper or bulletin requires less rabbinics and more prophecy: Early print deadlines force...

Embrace the Full Range of Human Emotion to Tap Inner Strengths

By Rabbi Tamara R. Cohen Parshat Vayigash After weeks of following the epic tale of Joseph and his brothers, this week’s parsha, Vayigash, narrates the dramatic...

Repairing Messy Lives Requires Forgiveness — and a Whole Lot More

Parshat Miketz This week’s Parsha, Miketz, begins with Joseph in prison and Pharaoh dreaming. Joseph’s God-given gifts to interpret dreams lead him to Pharaoh’s court. When...