Torah Teachings

Commentaries on the weekly Torah portions.

Commentary on Parashat Nitzavim (Standing) and Parashat Vayelech (He went)

Moran writes, "The Lord wants our eyes on Him and Him alone. He wants to be our God. We are to fear, honor, admire, and respect Him over anything else in our lives…especially that intimidating “giant” standing before us."

Parashat Nitzavim/Vayelekh – Deut. 29:9(10) – 30:20

Jonathan writes, "HaShem encouraged Joshua throughout his time as leader of the Children of Israel, speaking either directly to him or through the priests. Isaiah brings G-d's word to the nation..."

Thoughts on Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech

Michael writes, "Often when we read the Tanakh, we get the impression that it is primarily male oriented, and at least slightly misogynistic. But this week’s parasha begins with an all-inclusive call to..."

Commentary on Parashat Ki Tavo (When You Come)

Moran writes, "This week’s reading portion is quite dense, but there are some real pearls of wisdom if we look closely. The parasha details the commandments that God gave the children of Israel—what they were to do, and not to do—when they came to the Land."

Thoughts on Parashat Ki Tavo

Michael writes, "The parasha begins however, with two essential things that had to be dealt with when entering into the Land."

Parashat Ki Tavo – Deut. 26:1 – 29:8(9)

Jonathan writes, "We have a tendency to hear G-d's promises and commands, whether when reading the Bible, when hearing a sermon or talk, or even in prayer and translating the linking word into some variant of 'if', 'maybe', 'sometimes' or 'possibly'."

Thoughts on Parashat Ki Teitzei

Michael writes, "This concept of communal action to guard the “sanctity” of the community is not limited to ancient Israel. Rav Shaul writes to the believers in Corinth..."

Commentary Parashat Ki Teitzei (When You Go Out)

Moran writes, "Our weekly reading this week is full of different precepts full of great wisdom, love, and grace; they also deal with some moral issues that are helpful for us today."

Commentary on Parashat Ki Teze

Joseph writes, "The Torah comes to instruct us that we must not treat our children by our own measure of judgement of like and dislike, but according to the law of God and honor the first-born child above our own personal likes."

Parashat Ki Tetze – Deut. 21:10-25:19

Jonathan writes, "Why should the commandment be repeated here? Perhaps because its first formulation is general, applying equally to rich and poor. Here it is particularised for the poor and potentially disenfranchised in society."

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