Parashat Masei opens with a long list of all the encampments of the Israelites in the wilderness and discusses a lyric of love.
Our parashah begins with the laws governing oaths and vows. Then the Torah discusses the various types of vows and how they are used.
At the end of the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness, Moshe’s job is terminated prematurely. This explores Moshe’s forced retirement.
In Parashat Balak, the Moabite king Balak hires Bilaam to curse his Israelite neighbors. Bilaam notices the prevention of the unwanted gaze.
This week’s parashah, Chukat, focuses on the story of Moshe hitting the rock, choosing not to spare the rod, to get water.
Our parashah is bookended by the story of the spies and tzitzit. This leads to a discussion on the obligation of mitzvot.
Behaalotcha describes the appointment of seventy elders to help judge the people and leadership in terms of the phrase “lamps give light.”
Our parashah describes the laws of the Nazir, one who elects to take a vow of consecration to God for a certain period of time.
In this week’s parashah we learn that the Israelites traveled through the wilderness like a troop of soldiers or a marching band.
Parashat Bechukotai consists of a litany of blessings and curses that will befall the Jewish people depending on whether or not we obey God.
While this week’s parashah mainly focuses on shmitah, this Dvar Torah explores a line in the parashah, focusing on how to treat others.
Parshat Emor describes the Omer offering must be brought on the “day after the Sabbath,” the second day of the Passover holiday.
Public buses in Israel feature a sign that quotes from a verse in this week’s parashah: “You shall rise before the aged” (Leviticus 19:32).
This week’s parashah contains God’s instructions to Moshe concerning Aaron’s entrance into the Holy of Holies to achieve atonement.
The dangers of inappropriate speech are connected to the parashah, Metzora, the person stricken with leprosy.
Tazria takes its name from conception and childbirth. Ilana Kurshan connects this to bearing fruit, both literally and metaphorically.
When we lash out angrily at others, it is not really we who are speaking, but the evil inclination that takes control of us from within.
Parashat Tzav teaches us that in those moments when we don’t feel we have anything to offer, we offer nonetheless.
Parashat Pekudei describes the construction of the Mishkan in accordance with the specific instructions given by God to Moshe.
Our parashah contains the Ten Commandments, as well as instructions for preparing the Ketoret, the incense offered in the Tabernacle.
This week’s parashah opens with God’s instructions to Moshe concerning the oil used for lighting the Menorah in the Mishkan.
Our parashah describes the creation of the Mishkan, especially the ark, holding the tablets, manna, Aaron’s staff, and oil.
Our parashah describes a puzzling episode, following the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai when elders of Israel envision God.
Our parashah contains the words of the Ten Commandments, which God speaks to Moses and the people of Israel from Mount Sinai.
Just three days after escaping Egypt, the Israelites find themselves in the desert with no water, causing spiritual crises.
This week’s parashah opens a conversation about when the beginning of the year is and the impact that it has on time itself.
Vaera opens with God reiterating the covenant made with Moshe’s ancestors. What’s the connection between this parshah and pizza toast?
Shemot describes the early years of Moshe’s life up to the pivotal moment when he is informed of his mission awaiting him in Egypt.
Parashat Vayechi chronicles the deaths of Jacob and his son, Joseph, both of whom provide explicit instructions regarding their burials.
In parashat Vayigash the patriarch Jacob learns the truth about his son Joseph, in realizing Joseph’s laden wagons.
In parashat Miketz, Jacob sends his sons to Egypt, but unbeknownst to his sons, the ruler dispersing rations is their younger brother, Joseph.
In this week’s parashah, Judah’s daughter-in-law Tamar tricks him into sleeping with her after she is not able to conceive with his sons.
On the eve of Jacob’s meeting with his brother Esau, he finds himself wrestling with a divine figure, winning, and receiving a new name.
After leaving his father’s home, Jacob dreams of God and experiences prayer for the first time. Learn about living in dialogue with God.
Parashat Chayei Sarah describes the final years of Abraham’s life, following the death of his wife Sarah and culminating in Abraham’s own death.
In the beginning, according to God’s original plan, the Sun and the Moon were two who ruled alongside one another. What happened?