Posts Tagged Torah Commentary

B'har – Time for a Shabbat

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

Summer, also known by some as "road trip season," is almost here! When I think about car trips, I'm reminded of a legendary family vacation story.

Accepting Ourselves

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

This week's Torah portion, Parashat Emor, seems to suggest that God demands perfection, but on further examination calls us to accept ourselves - blemishes, imperfections, and all.

K'doshim – And You Shall Be Holy

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

There are certain words that are common in religious settings but aren't widely used in the secular world. Our parashah, K'doshim, helps us grapple with this important question and reminds us that we can answer the question ourselves.

Acharei Mot - Choose Holiness!

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

Two goats make an appearance in this week's Torah portion, Acharei Mot. As with the Passover song, there's mystery and meaning in the goats' presence in this week's parashah. These two goats enable us to choose a life of holiness.

Nice to Meet You, Eternal One

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

We imagine relationship building as something that happens between two people. However, relationships are diverse, and these principles can be applied to other situations as well. One such situation is the relationship between God and humanity. Our Passover Torah reading allows us to witness Moses yearning to build a relationship with God.

Encountering the Plague in our Midst

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

Parashat M'tzora serves as a call to action. This week, we read about infections the Israelites faced, as well as how they were to address them.

Strong Voices

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

Over the past weeks and months, we've witnessed a horrific rise of antisemitism that leaves us feeling vulnerable and afraid. We're hyper focused on the use of words, often weapons of hate. Parashat Tazria reminds us to be deliberate with our words and ensure they are used with care.

Drawing Too Close?

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

Often, we are unaware of and surprised by social norms - the "dos and don'ts." We simply conform, but it can be meaningful to reflect on these practices and potentially innovate with care. Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu, learn this lesson the hard way in Parashat Sh'mini.

Who’s Afraid of the Dark?

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

Parashat Tzav speaks to the historic nature of light and fire as a source of solace. In the Torah, this is a physical flame; the experience is intended to offer thanks or atonement, in other words, to connect with the Eternal from a place of humility. In modernity, this burning flame takes on both physical and spiritual forms.

Vayikra – Setting the Scene

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

As we begin Vayikra, The Book of Leviticus, we say goodbye to the Biblical stories that we may be more familiar with. The foundational narratives of Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, and Joseph and his siblings have passed. In Vayikra, the Israelites are well on their way to the Promised Land.