Torah Teachings

Commentaries on the weekly Torah portions.

Thoughts on Parashat Devarim – Shabbat Chazon

Michael writes, "The LORD has a plan for each one of us. He has “sent us to school” as it were, to learn how to walk in faith and trust."

Parashat D’varim – Deut. 1:1 – 3:22

Jonathan writes, "Our collective memory as the people of G-d is rooted in the stories and texts of the Bible; we neglect them at our peril. Rav Sha'ul told the Corinthians..."

Commentary on Parashat Mattot (Tribes)

Moran writes, "In the end, it’s really about our willingness to settle for less than God’s best. We cheat ourselves out of living in His abundant blessing because we prefer to settle for what seems like the better end of the deal at the time."

Parashat Mattot/Masa’ei – Num. 30:2(1) – 36:13

Jonathan writes, "Where does that leave us today? Can we assume that the character of the Land of Israel - the Holy Land - applied to land in general around the world?"

Thoughts on Parashat Matot-Massei

Michael writes, "It is imperative that we guard the words of our mouth, as they reflect the thoughts of our hearts. With this in mind, listen to the words of the palmist as he seeks help from the LORD."

Parashat Pinchas

Joseph writes, "I shall focus on the aspect which has received less attention: comparing Torah laws on the right of daughters to inherit with the practice of the ancient nations around us."

Commentary on Parashat Pinchas

Moran writes, "In this week’s reading, we find a great example of the godly character and leadership of Moses."

Parashat Pinchas – Num. 25:11 – 30:1 (29:40)

Jonathan writes, "Do we have a tendency to think that our 'offerings' - whether financial, service, goods, care, listening - are just extras, as and when we feel like it or feel particularly 'moved', or do we recognise that we have basic obligations as participants in the kingdom of G-d?"

Thoughts on Parashat Pinchas

Michael writes, "It would appear that Rav Shaul may have taken these two episodes (Moshe’s and Jeremiah’s fears) to heart when he encouraged Titus..."

Parashat Balak

Joseph writes, "There are many more important lessons that can be learned from this Parasha of Balak, but I chose to share this one because the heresy that beset the seven churches of Revelation is not some virus that with time will disappear, it is an endemic problem that Balaam is the prime example of it."

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