Torah Portion

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

Parashat Behar: Faith and compassion

A farmer works his land and is sustained by it for six years. On the seventh year, like the one we are in now, he is commanded not to cultivate or work the land.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
13/05/2022

Parashat Emor: Respect

The concept of impurity was meant to maintain a distance between the hard, painful aspects of life and the lofty and sacred aspects of the Temple.

A 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible,was unveiled at the Museum of the Bible on November 8, 2019.

Parashat Emor: Modern blasphemy!

In this week’s Torah portion, we are told the blasphemer should be put to death (Leviticus 24:16). That words could be fatal was taken very seriously. 

06/05/2022
Dr. Tamar Ashkenazi's book about the process of coping with grief.

Parashat Acharei Mot: Messages for the grieving

Aaron’s sons have just died, and the text reminds us of this fact, inviting us to ask – why does God command Moses to speak of the ritual of the temple now?

28/04/2022

Parashat Kedoshim: How can a person be holy?

The key to grasping the concept of holiness in Judaism is the understanding that holiness is indeed a divine trait, and therefore cleaving to God is the way to attain holiness

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
28/04/2022

Parashat Metzora: The point of reentry

Even in the most intimate of relationships, there is a need for mandated distance.

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
07/04/2022
gossip

Parashat Metzora: 3 truths about gossip plus some advice

No matter what we say, the motivation for gossip is almost always titillation and status, not justice.

07/04/2022

Parashat Metzora: A sacred complex

Death is an inescapable fact. But how we deal with this fact is subjective.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
07/04/2022
Exodus from Egypt (Edward Poynter)

Parashat Tazria: Body and soul

Understandably many find the Passover story inspiring and the details of ritual purity due to skin ailments uninspiring in the extreme.

31/03/2022

Parashat Tazria: Life and death - the power of speech

The Talmud reveals that the affliction of tzara’at we learn about in our parasha came as punishment for speaking lashon hara (slander or libel) about another person.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
31/03/2022
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