Torah Commentary

What leaders and protesters owe each other

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By Rabbi Daniel Plotkin Special to WJW This week’s Torah reading is Korach, Numbers 16:1-18:32. In the Torah portion Korach, we see an Israelite community in great...

Parsha Preview: Rabbi Hyim Shafner on Shelach

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What does the episode of the spies have to do with mitzvot about wine and bread later in this week's Torah portion, Parshat Shelach?...

‘Tanya in 10’ with Rabbi Deitsch: What’s in a number?

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Written by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), the founder of Chabad, Tanya is the central text of Chabad Chasidism. "Tanya in 10" is...

Calling on past generations to see us through frightening times

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By Rabbi Rachel Hersh This week’s Torah portion is Shlach Lecha, Numbers 13:1 - 15:41. “Send scouts for yourself . . .” (Numbers 13:2). We encounter these...

Calling on past generations to see us through frightening times

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By Rabbi Rachel Hersh This week’s Torah portion is Shlach Lecha, Numbers 13:1 - 15:41. “Send scouts for yourself . . .” (Numbers 13:2). We encounter these...

Help the needy, and build your kibbutz

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By Rabbi Sanford H. Shudnow The reading for the second day of Shavuot is Deuteronomy 14:22 - 16:17. The second day Torah reading for Shavuot is...

Shavuot is the holiday for want-to believers

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By Clifford S. Fishman Shabbat Bemidbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20. This Shabbat we begin our annual reading of Sefer Bemidbar, the Book of Numbers or, in Hebrew, “in...

Care for have nots is written into God’s Holiness Code

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By Sabrina Sojourner This week’s Torah portion is Behar-Bechukotai, Leviticus 25:1-27:34. This week’s double parshah takes place on Mount Sinai and comprises the closing chapters of...

This mitzvah is not for farmers only

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By Rabbi James R. Michaels This week’s Torah portion is Emor, Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23. Emor includes a discussion of the various holy times and seasons...

Washing hands can be more than soap and water

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By Rabbi Jennifer Weiner This week’s Torah portion is Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30. During this time of COVID-19, we are spending an inordinate amount of time...