Torah Commentary

In Fear, What Will We Choose to Build?

February 28, 2021Rabbi Mary Zamore

As former slaves, the Israelites were no strangers to backbreaking labor to glorify Pharaoh and Egyptian deities. During their transformational journey from Egypt to The Promised Land, the Israelites build two notable structures for their own use. The first, the

What is Holy to God? Each of Us

February 14, 2021Rabbi Mary Zamore

In the second century, Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai and Rabbi Eliezer, son of Rabbi Yosei, traveled from the Galilee to Rome to plead for the repeal of a royal edict forbidding Shabbat, circumcision, and the laws of ritual purity. While

The Importance of Gracious Receiving

February 14, 2021Rabbi Mary Zamore

At the beginning of my relationship with my husband, I was not always gracious in receiving his gifts because I felt they did not reflect who I am and pointed to his not truly knowing me. In hindsight, I see

The Enslavement of Debt, Then and Now

February 7, 2021Rabbi Mary Zamore

“When you acquire an eved Ivri, Israelite debt servant, that person shall serve six years – and shall go free in the seventh year, without payment” (Exodus 21:2).

Parashat Mishpatim begins with commandments governing the relationship between an Israelite master

Technology and Our Covetous Inclinations

January 31, 2021Rabbi Mary Zamore

During a recent Zoom meeting, a participant remarked that she dreaded video calls, lamenting, “Seeing everyone else’s beautiful homes makes me feel bad about mine.”

During the pandemic, we have spent an unprecedented amount of time on screens, enjoying a