Torah Portion

Articles on the weekly Torah readings, including inspiration and explanations.

  Gratefulness (illustrative)

Parashat Tzav: Thank you, thank you, and again, thank you

We live life in haste, in a hurry, chasing after money and dreaming that it will make us happy, and meanwhile, we miss out on the wonderful beauty that lies before our eyes in every corner.

Parashat Vayikra: Satisfaction and sacrifice

What is it about these two things, anything leavened and sweet fruits, that causes their prohibition as offerings?

Parashat Vayikra: Burnt offerings

Some people have seen their homes consumed by fire or shattered by bombs, their loved ones taken captive or fallen in battle as a “kapparah,” giving their lives up for all Israel.


Parashat Pekudei: What can we do?

Man is not required to do what is beyond his abilities, but he is also not exempt from doing what is possible for him – and the rest we leave to the creator of the world to accomplish.

Parashat Vayahkhel: Shabbat – the sign of connection

The prohibition of work on Shabbat for the construction of the Mishkan underscores the importance and elevation of Shabbat.

Parashat Ki Tisa: Seeing and hearing: The difference

A person seeking a religious experience may resort to ecstatic experiences that lead him to a feeling of divine attainment. But this is a mistake.

'The adoration of the Golden Calf’

Parashat Ki Tisa: In the aftermath of sin

The same object – gold donated by the nation – can bring the divine presence to rest among us, or it can lead us to the brink of religious annihilation.


Parashat Tetzaveh: To rule or to serve?

The more we remember that the role of a teacher, educator, and public figure is not to rule but rather to serve, the better we will fulfill our roles faithfully and successfully.

Parashat Truma: Guardians of the ark

The cherubim are also woven into the fabric of the Tabernacle curtains and also of the parochet, the “veil” that divides the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Tabernacle.


Parashat Truma: The Temple and peace

The aspiration to build the Temple and fulfill the commandments has accompanied the people of Israel since the destruction of the Temple almost 2,000 years ago.

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