Torah Teachings

Commentaries on the weekly Torah portions.


Parashat Vayeira: Do we have free will?

"Passover is one of the main feasts in The Scriptures due to its motif of redemption, salvation, and the creation of God’s people. Passover is the connection between God and a nation..."

Commentary on Parashat Va’eira (And I appeared)

Moran writes, "I want to put an emphasis on one thought, which I believe is so important for us to understand: God is the same yesterday, today and forever; He is our Redeemer, our King, and our Sovereign Ruler."

Parashat Shemot: Moses’ excuses, our calling

"This parasha brings us back to the beginning, as well as connects us with the giving of the Torah, the prophets, and even the New Testament."

Commentary on Parashat Shemot (Names)

Moran writes, "I want to point out the significance of when the name Jacob is used versus Israel. We remember that Jacob’s name was changed to “Israel” after he wrestled with the divine being in Genesis 32."

Parashat Vayechi: He has removed our transgressions

In this week’s Torah portion we read about Jacob’s blessings to his sons and grandsons, who are the heads of the tribes of Israel. This was followed by Jacob’s death along with the mourning and burial process.

Thoughts on Thoughts on Vayechi

Michael writes, "These are the same words I leave with you as we prepare to enter into this last Shabbat of 2017. Be strong and be a man (or woman) dedicated to the LORD."

Commentary on Parashat Vayechi (And he lived)

Moran writes, "One of the most significant parts of our reading speaks of the “blessing” which Jacob pronounced over his sons, before his death. It’s important to note that the ancient biblical blessings always had a prophetic element to them."

Parashat Vayigash: That we may live and not die

"This week’s Torah portion is “Vayigash” (he approached). Our parasha unfolds after Joseph suspected Benjamin of stealing the cup of the viceroy. The situation looked bad for Joseph’s brothers."

Commentary on Parashat Vayigash (And he approached)

Moran writes, "Why is this significant? It is yet another parallel between Joseph and Messiah Yeshua. While Pharaoh’s position was still above Joseph’s, the people saw them as the same – they represented the same power and authority."

Parashat Miketz: You are the light of the world

"It is very noticeable throughout Joseph’s story that he repeatedly mentions God, who was always standing beside him, directing his way and his morality."