Torah Commentary

The Eternal Embrace of Song

September 12, 2021Cantor Evan Kent
On the last day of his life,  Moses sings a song to the gathered Israelites. For thirty-one chapters in Deuteronomy, Moses has told the Israelites how to behave, what God expects from them, and how to lead a life filled with blessing and absent of curses. With his final breath, Moses teaches with song.

Be Strong…

September 5, 2021
In this week’s Torah portion, we are witness to Moses’ final day on earth. He is 120 years old and knows that he will not be entering the Promised Land.

From Washington Heights to Jerusalem

August 29, 2021Cantor Evan Kent

This week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim, which is read on the Shabbat preceding Rosh HaShanah, is filled with images of awe, covenant, and an awareness of our place in the chain of generational continuity.  The words of this portion so

The Power of Collective Memory

August 15, 2021Cantor Evan Kent
This week’s Torah portion, Ki Teitzei, contains 72 of the 613 commandments. We read of laws regarding the taking captives, how to deal with a rebellious son, laws specific to the burying of the dead, whom you cannot marry, and laws of divorce.