Weekly Torah Portion

President Trump's juvenile eating habits, the World Economic Forum at Davos, and the upcoming Superbowl and its attendant carnival of carnivorous overindulgence focused my attention on the manna, to which Parshat B’shalach introduces us. This food from heaven was one of the major features of the Israelites’ trip through the desert to the Promised Land, and I'd like to look at one aspect of the miraculous consumption of this miraculous food.


Previous Torah Portions

The theme of dreams is, of course, central to the Yosef story to a degree which is unique in the Bible.
In this week’s parsha, Vayetze, Yaakov, after his dream of the ladder stretching from heaven to earth, is given a series of blessings by God.
One of the things I’ve noticed about the current, ongoing, sexual harassment issue is the role that place plays in all this. “He invited me up to his hotel room”, “He took me to his apartment”, “He asked me to come to his office”, etc., etc.

Jewish Holidays

Purim: Lies, Secrets, and Esther: Our Current Political and Cultural Situation

Megillat Esther is a rich text, as Biblical stories tend to be.

Jewish Life Cycle

One of the most important mitzvoth in the Torah is called the מת מצוה (met mitzvah) – a deceased person whom it is a commandment to bury.

About Us

Every week, parshaoftheweek.com brings you a rich selection of material on parshat hashavua, the weekly portion traditionally read in synagogues all over the world. Using both classic and contemporary material, we take a look at these portions in a fresh way, relating them to both ancient Jewish concerns as well as cutting-edge modern issues and topics. We also bring you material on the Jewish holidays, as well as insights into life cycle rituals and events...

Read more on Parsha of the Week