Weekly Torah Commentary

Pursuing Justice From the Torah

This week, for Parashat Shof’tim, Rabbi Jacobs is joined by Dahlia Lithwick, who hosts the podcast...

How We Can End Poverty

Parashat R’eih includes two important statements about poverty. The first, “there shall be no ne...

Reward and Punishment

Parashat Eikev contains the second paragraph of the Sh'ma, which is no longer read in many Reform co...

The Future of Judaism

In Parashat Va-et'chanan, Moses prepares Joshua to take on leadership of the Jewish people. So, it...

Why Tragedies Happen and How to Respond

Parashat D’varim is the first portion of the Book of Deuteronomy, and this year it is read just be...

Cities of Refuge

The double parashah of Matot-Mas’ei introduces the concept of cities of refuge. Today, as American...

Defeating Extremism With Acts of Courage

Parashat Pinchas is an intense parashah, one with  an act of religious extremism—and just because...

The Beauty of Humility

Parashat Balak’s accompanying Haftorah portion features the famous verse: “God has told you what...

Remembering Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D, z"l

Parashat Chukat, we learn of the passing of two of the most inspired biblical teachers: Miriam and A...

What Makes a Leader?

Korach, Moses’s cousin, proves to be a certain kind of leader: one who cares more about himself th...