Weekly Torah Commentary

Does our Clothing Show our Identity?

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

Building a Sacred Space

Parashat T'rumah describes building a mishkan, a sacred space, and the first central praying place i...

When Judaism Calls Us to Speak Out Courageously

Parashat Mishpatim presents a full catalog of laws, rituals, observance, and obligations that guide ...

Breaking Down Labels

This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Yitro, is named for the Midianite Priest, Jethro, and depicts ...

Remembering Debbie Friedman z”l on Shabbat Shira

This week’s Torah portion, Parashat B’shalach, is read on Shabbat Shira, the Shabbat of Song. Mu...

What is Lost in Translation

In Parashat Bo, we learn about the last three of the plagues that are visited upon the Pharaoh of Eg...

What Do We Really Think About God?

In the opening lines of this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Va-eira of the Book of Exodus, Moses m...

What’s in a Name?

The first portion of the Book of Exodus, Parashat Sh’mot, introduces the names of the sons of Isra...

8 Lessons for Today’s World in the Book of Genesis

Parashat Vay’chi is the last portion in the book of Genesis, so Rabbi Rick Jacobs takes this oppor...

Jewish/Catholic Relations: On Reconnecting

In Parashat Vayigash, Joseph, now a high-ranking Egyptian leader, finally reunites with the brothers...