Betsy Torop

A Jew Is a Jew, No Matter How Far

D'Var Torah By: Audrey R. Korotkin

August 24, 2015
In Parashat Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20), Moses is coming to the end of his oration, the end of his leadership, and the end of his life. His last sermon is brief, as he calls the people to attention; reminds them not to follow the idolatrous ways of the Canaanites among whom...

A Pillar of Salt: A Text Study

D'Var Torah By: Michael Torop

October 23, 2014
What was the essence of Lot's wife's transgression in Parashat Vayeira? Was it disobeying the instruction of the divine messengers? Was it simply looking back? Does the text suggest that something more complex is involved? Why was it her specific punishment to be turned into a pillar of salt? We...