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Torah Portion


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

 WHILE SEEING is believing, hearing is a deeper sense.

Parashat Ki Tisa: Seeing and hearing: The difference

'The adoration of the Golden Calf’ by Nicolas Poussin

Parashat Ki Tisa: In the aftermath of sin

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
 THREE OF the famed Chagall windows depicting the Twelve Tribes of Israel, at Hadassah Ein Kerem’s Abbell Synagogue, Jerusalem.

Parashat Tetzaveh: To rule or to serve?

 ‘FIERY CHERUBIM,’ 70x50 cm. acrylic on canvas, 2024.

Parashat Truma: Guardians of the ark

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 An illustrative photo of a woman praying.

Parashat Truma: The Temple and peace

 The significance of trust

Parashat Mishpatim: The significance of trust

 ‘SHAKEN AND Stirred (Har Sinai),’ 70x90, acrylic on canvas, 2020.

Parashat Yitro: Under the mountain

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 ‘WHY DO you sit by yourself, and they are all standing?’

Parashat Yitro: Honoring the ordinary person

 ‘TRANSCENDENT DANCE,’ 50x70, acrylic paint and aggregate, 2020-2024.

Parashat Beshalach: The dance of transcendence

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 (Illustrative): Independence makes a person implement education from parents and teachers.

Parashat Beshalach: Faith, dependence, and independence

 ‘LUNAR CONSIDERATIONS,’ 90x120 cm. acrylic and iridescent gold with coffee grounds, 2024.

Parashat Bo: The light of renewal

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 An illustrative image of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Parashat Bo: To each his own

 Western Wall (Illustrative)

Parashat Va'era: The power of a mission

 "Bathing Portent," 120 x 90 cm, acrylic and coffee grounds on canvas, 2023

Parashat Va'era: Water, blood, frogs, and a hardened heart

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 RESIST THE inclination to ignore others' distress.

Parashat Shemot: Acts of self-sacrifice

"A person who leaves behind children or students who follow in his path, their lives continue his"

Parashat Vayechi: Is our patriarch Jacob still alive?

 ‘JOURNEY TO Beyond,’ acrylic on canvas, 40 x 100 cm., 2023.

Parashat Vayechi: A life’s conclusion

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 FAMINE: NECESSITY determining journey to Egypt.

Parashat Vayigash: The Jewish people's spiritual existence

 ‘WAGONS,’ ACRYLIC on canvas, diptych, each canvas 100 x 40 cm., 2021.

Parashat Vayigash: Descent for the sake of ascent

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 ‘MENORAH CYCLE,’ acrylic with gold leaf on canvas, 130 x 100 cm., 2018-2020.

Parashat Miketz: At the end of darkness

By MEIRA RAANAN , ESTHER CAMERON
 CHILDREN RECEIVE their first siddur upon graduation from Talmud Torah, in Petah Tikva.

Parashat Miketz: To whom are we praying?

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