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Torah Portion


Articles on the weekly Torah readings, including inspiration and explanations.

 'OF LADDERS and Angels,' mixed media canvas, 136x104 cm., 2023.

Parashat Vayetze: Of ladders and angels

 Distorted love is one that seeks to exploit the other.

Parashat Vayetze: True love and fake love

 ‘WELLS TRIPTYCH’ by Yoram Raanan, acrylic and organic pigment on canvas, 2023.

Parashat Toldot: Uncovering water

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 AS ISAAC’S servants dug wells in southern Canaan, the Philistines filled the wells.

Parashat Toldot: Step by step

 ‘THE CAVE of Machpelah’ by Yoram Raanan.

Parashat Chayei Sarah: The Cave of Machpelah

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 KING SOLOMON likens unity to ropes.

Parashat Chayei Sarah: Giving and unity: The results

 'ABRAHAM, ABRAHAM' by Yoram Raanan.

Parashat Vayera: 'Abraham, Abraham'

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 ‘DO NOT stretch out your hand against the lad...’

Parashat Vayera: Halacha: Infusing morality into religious sentiment

 ‘Lekh Lekha’ by Yoram Raanan

Parashat Lech Lecha: Up toward enlightened consciousness

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 A SHEPHERD and his flock.

Parashat Lech Lecha: Who will inherit the land?

 ABRAHAM AND the King of Sodom, Genesis 14:22.

The world is on fire — but it is also full of light

By Rabbi Avi Killip/JTA
 Noah and the Birds

Parashat Noah: Noah and the birds

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 UNWAVERING: The Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak.

Parashat Noah: Building from a crisis

 THE TORAH instills faith in the world and in humanity.

Parashat Bereshit: Foundations of goodness

 Bokea II

Parashat Bereshit: ‘Bokea II’: The renewal of creation

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 METAPHOR FOR God: Miorcani flint from the Moldavian Plateau.

Parashat Ha’azinu: The power of ‘tzur’/flint

 FAMILY TREE: ‘We carry our history with us. We are our history.’

Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech: Finite, yet far-reaching

Reading a torah scroll

Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech: What lies beneath the surface?

 A MORE accurate translation would use ‘gushing’ or ‘oozing’ with honey.

Parashat Ki Tavo: A verse flowing with many meanings

 THE MORE value we attribute to our actions, the happier we are when performing them.

Parashat Ki Tavo: The parasha of joy

 THE ‘BARBIE’ blockbuster raises questions about female agency and empowerment.

Parashat Ki Tetze: From Barbieland to the beautiful captive woman

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
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