Weekly Torah Commentary

Passover: Our Obligations When in Power and When Powerless

This week is Passover and Rabbi Rick Jacobs, with special guest Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, discuss the ...

Shabbat HaGadol: Spiritual Cleansing

This week is Shabbat HaGadol, the Shabbat right before Passover. Rabbi Rick Jacobs notes this is the...

Healing the Spirit

In this week's Torah portion, Parashat Tazria, we learn about tza'ra'at, or leprosy. The weekly Mi S...

The Dangers and the Neccessity of Innovation

In this week's Torah portion, Parashat Sh'mini, we learn about the sudden deaths of Nadav and Avihu,...

Courageous Choices

This week's Torah portion, Parashat Tzav, is read around Purim, a story of mythic (and even improbab...

The Laws of Leviticus, Choice, and AJ Jacobs, the Gratitude Expert

This parashah introduces many laws and rituals that might seem irrelevant to our modern lives, but w...

Spirituality and Art

Art exists beyond the binary of rational and irrational. Art has the ability to reshape our perspect...

How Do We Build Our Communities?

Constructing the Miskhan brings us to ask - how can we build our communities? What do we need beside...

Stand Up and Be Counted

Stand up and be counted! In this parashah, a census is taken. To be counted, you must give half a sh...

Does our Clothing Show our Identity?

Parashat T'tzaveh goes into the elaborate sacred garments worn by kohanim, the priestly class. Ritua...