How do modern Jewish historical moments relate with their Bible portions?

I find many apt connections between significant modern Jewish historical events and the Torah portions that are read during the week coinciding with their occurrence.


Parashat Bamidbar: Leadership and arrogance

While the role of leadership was exclusively designated for the biblical tribe of Levi, in reality, many of us find ourselves in leadership positions.

Parashat Kedoshim: The holiness of inclusion

The essence of holiness lies in recognizing the inherent dignity and worth of every human being, regardless of their abilities or limitations.


Parashat Aharei Mot: Holiness of the family

Why does the prohibition of worshiping Molech – as severe and horrifying as it may be – appear in the list of prohibitions of forbidden relationships?

Parashat Tazria: ‘Tzara’at’ and divine providence

Judaism believes that God does not abandon man, and even if providence is not revealed, it exists in a hidden dimension and affects the course of a person’s life.

Parashat Shemini: Humility as a prerequisite for the role

A parent, an educator, a parliamentarian, or a rabbi – all are roles designed for the public. And as such, the necessary prerequisite for the fulfillment of the role is the trait of humility.

Parashat Shemini: Turning inward, turning outward

The war was reductive, stripping away externals of Jewish identity and exposing the common core of what unites every Jew. It endowed us with unity, but it also heightened our communal identity.

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.

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