Torah Commentary

Torah Commentary

God’s Favorites

The Torah portion this week shows the effects of choosing one person over another. As a rabbi educator, I know that investing in every member of the community and ensuring they know they are valued contributes to our ability to thrive and grow.

Why Do We Exist?

We see glimpses of Rebecca's inner dialogue at the beginning and end of this week's Torah portion. In the opening verses of Parashah Tol'dot, Rebecca becomes pregnant with twins.

Showing Kindness

This week's Torah portion presents us with the matriarch of kindness, Rebecca. It is timely, as we celebrated World Kindness Day on November 13.

Cultivating Hope

The portion Vayeira (God appeared) provides us with several examples of how we can change our world. This portion contains pain and turmoil including infertility, destruction of an entire community, the abandonment of a young mother and her child, and a test of faith through child sacrifice.