Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut

W. Gunther Plaut (1912-2012) was a leading figure in modern Reform Judaism. He was rabbi emeritus and senior scholar at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, Canada. Rabbi Plaut is the author of numerous books including<i> The Torah: A Modern Commentary </i>and <i>The Haftarah Commentary</i>.

Articles by Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut

Joshua & His Time

A short biography.

Leviticus 19

This climactic chapter emphasizes the obligation to be holy in our dealings with our fellow human beings.

Who Was Korah?

Korah was punished for his rebellion, but his questioning of the need for human rulers has remained a living issue for later generations to contemplate.

Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi: Back in the Land

These three prophets are principally concerned with the status of the Temple, the new religious hierarchy, and the religious obligations of the post-exilic community.

Book of Numbers

The harsh environment of the wilderness lead to Israel's spiritual development as a nation.

The Latter Prophets

The literary prophets had a difficult and often unpopular mission.

The Book of Exodus

The book of Exodus tells the tale of Israel's liberation and birth, and of the beginning of God's covenanted nation.

The Meaning of Ezekiel’s Vision

Understanding the prophet's experience

Shabbat As Protest

Observing Shabbat is an antidote to the stresses of daily life.