torah commentary

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.

Nehama Leibowitz: The Paradigm of a Torah Teacher

A woman who gained accomplished rabbis as her students, Leibowitz is considered among the great Torah scholars of the 20th century.

The Toothpaste Sacrifice

Like toothpaste, derogatory speech cannot be returned to the tube.

Why Communication Is at the Core of Community

It’s easy to view those who share a different perspective as an enemy. But Jewish tradition pushes us to see something else.

Guide to Weekly Torah Commentaries Online

Where to find podcasts, videos and essays on the week's portion.

What Silence Conceals — and Reveals

How a tiny letter dramatically changes the meaning.

Who Really Hardened Pharaoh’s Heart?

Was God responsible for the Egyptian leader's intransigence?

Stop Making Excuses and Step Up to the Plate

Moses' excuses at the Burning Bush parallel three great human fears.

Descending and Ascending

Joseph's fall and rise teaches us that the last chapter of our story remains to be written.

Remembering Miriam

A closer look at Moses's sister.