Weekly Torah Commentary

With Liberty & Economic Justice for All

In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat B’har, we learn commandments around economic and environm...

What is Blasphemy?

This week's Torah portion, Parashat Emor, deals with the crime of blasphemy, which was punished by s...

To Live a Wholly Holy Jewish Life

In this week's Torah portion Parashah K'doshim, Rabbi Rick Jacobs tackles what it means to live a t...

Understanding Human Connection

This week's Parashah, Acharei Mot, contains a verse prohibiting homosexual acts. How does the Refor...

Passover II: Song of Songs

On Passover, it's traditional to read from Song of Songs, with themes of love and spring running thr...

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...