Torah Commentaries

Torah Commentaries

Parashat Vayishlach: Honoring the Best of Jacob

This Torah portion interperses multiple momentous encounters with the divine realm with a series of fraught incidents between humans.

Torah Commentaries

Parashat Vayetzei: Leah’s Hidden Blessing

Why does the Torah specifically mention the "weak eyes" of the matriarch Leah?

Torah Commentaries

Parashat Toldot: Opening the Conversation

This portion records the first instance in the Torah of someone initiating a dialogue with God.

Chayei Sarah: The Reverberations of Familial Violence

The lingering trauma of Isaac’s near-sacrifice is felt in his relationship with his wife Rebecca and in the generations that follow.

Parashat Vayera: The Uniqueness of the Binding of Isaac

Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son should be seen as a unique situation never to be repeated.

Lech-Lecha: In Praise of Holy Discomfort

A lesson in the role of discomfort in fomenting social change.

Parashat Noach: How Societies Collapse

The story of the flood is an object lesson in the kinds of crimes that pose existential social threats.

Parashat Bereshit: Being Like God

The banishing of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden marks the beginning of humanity’s path to fulfilling its destiny.

Parashat Ha’azinu: Paradigm Shift

Moses' final dramatic message to the Israelites introduces some new names and characteristics of God.