Torah Portion

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

Parashat Toldot: Uncovering water

In this time, confronted by evil, may we find the strength to keep digging deeper and deeper into the wellsprings of our faith.

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
18/11/2023

Parashat Toldot: Step by step

As Jews of faith, we believe with certainty that history has a direction, and we exist within a long process whose end is the complete redemption of all humanity.

Parashat Chayei Sarah: The Cave of Machpelah

The Torah attaches great importance to Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron as a burial place for his wife Sarah.

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
11/11/2023

Parashat Chayei Sarah: Giving and unity: The results

King Solomon likens unity to ropes. Every individual string can be easily torn apart, but when we intertwine them and make a thick cord, it becomes very difficult to break

Parashat Vayera: 'Abraham, Abraham'

Our tradition contains various perspectives on the role and importance of the angels.

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
04/11/2023

Parashat Vayera: Halacha: Infusing morality into religious sentiment

Why did God initially command Abraham to bring Isaac as an offering? What was God seeking to gain from this?

Parashat Lech Lecha: Up toward enlightened consciousness

We must stop to take deep breaths, to pray, and do acts of kindness. We can keep sending love and light to the captives.

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
28/10/2023

Parashat Lech Lecha: Who will inherit the land?

God does not give the land to someone who is not worthy of receiving it.

The world is on fire — but it is also full of light

In response to the pain and suffering of the past few weeks, we all long to be blessed.

By RABBI AVI KILLIP/JTA
26/10/2023
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