Lashon hara I’to·elet are those occasions when it is permissible, or even required, to speak about other people.
Human beings have been given the divine power of speech to enable our participation in the ongoing work of sustaining God’s creation.
The study guide for Bechukotai explores how “peace” is used in this week’s parashah, as well as the commentary surrounding this.
Parashat Bechukotai consists of a litany of blessings and curses that will befall the Jewish people depending on whether or not we obey God.
Jeremiah tends to find himself left speechless as he is our prophet through the destruction of Judah, Jerusalem, and the First Temple.
The study guide for Behar focuses on the concept of Shmitah, the rest year, and the language used to refer to it.
While this week’s parashah mainly focuses on shmitah, this Dvar Torah explores a line in the parashah, focusing on how to treat others.
Our haftarah expands on the parasha, limiting priestly work in the mikdash to only the descendants of Zadok.
This week’s study guide focuses on the curse of a person accused of violence. Discuss blasphemy versus blessing in this context.
Parshat Emor describes the Omer offering must be brought on the “day after the Sabbath,” the second day of the Passover holiday.
Our haftarah starts bold and bloody, and connects the destruction in Amos to the destruction in the story of Noah and the flood.
The study guide for Kedoshim synthesizes Rashi, Rashbam, and Ramban to discuss a text from Vayikra about holiness.
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.
This study guide follows the word “se’irim,” meaning sartyrs, through multiple biblical texts, tying this in with Ibn Ezra’s commentary.
This week, we read 1 Samuel 20, the story of Jonathan helping David escape from King Saul, in conjunction with Parashat Achrei Mot.
The study guide for this week’s parashah, Meztora, discusses the impact that tzaraat has on the physical objects it touches.
The dangers of inappropriate speech are connected to the parashah, Metzora, the person stricken with leprosy.
This week’s haftarah, from the book of Ezekiel, discusses the changing power structures and leadership in the changing times of Israel.
The study guide for Tazria focuses on pregnancy and childbirth and the outcomes of purity versus impurity derived from this.
Tazria takes its name from conception and childbirth. Ilana Kurshan connects this to bearing fruit, both literally and metaphorically.
Connected Parashat Shemini’s Haftarah, in Ezekiel, Bex Stern Rosenblatt explores the intersection of shame, guilt, and embarrassment.
This week’s study guide focuses on Nadav and Avihu, Aaron’s sons, bringing “foreign flames” to give an offering to God.
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.
This week’s haftarah explores human sacrifice. While the Tanakh seems to be mixed about it, God may command human sacrifice in this haftarah.
This week’s study guide focuses on the consecration of Aaron and his sons and Kohanim and what that means.
This week’s study guide focuses on two words, ma’al and me’ilah, and what it means, both literally and in terms of this week’s parashah.