Whether exploring a new twist on a favorite topic, debating a taboo subject, or learning Jewish history on our heritage tours, Torah in Motion constantly seeks to expand the horizon of Jewish thought.
Rosh Hashanah Sep 6, 2021

The blowing of the shofar is a most enigmatic mitzvah. The reasons we eat matzah, sit in the Sukkah or take the lulav are readily apparent; they…

Tu B'Av Jul 23, 2021

“Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel said: There were no days more joyous than the 15th of Av (Tu B'Av) and Yom Kippur, for on those days the daughters of…

Tisha B'Av Jul 17, 2021

Judaism places great emphasis on the proper greeting of people. The Talmudic term for a greeting, a sheilat shalom, invokes a reference to G-d, peace…

Yom Yerushalayim May 11, 2021

One could quite reasonably make the argument that the overarching goal of the Torah is the establishment of a Jewish state that will serve as a model…

Yom Ha'atzmaut Apr 15, 2021

A few years ago while on a visit to Israel, my good friend Michael Levenstein z”l, in whose memory this devar Torah is dedicated, was giving my wife…

Pesach Apr 1, 2021

Moshe Rabbeinu was our teacher par excellence. As a great pedagogue, he understood the importance of teaching subject material in a timely manner. “…

Pesach Mar 26, 2021

The eating of karpas has long baffled our commentators. Why exactly do we dip a vegetable in salt water just as we are ready to begin the…

Pesach Mar 12, 2021

“In the first month of the second year on the first of the month, the Tabernacle was erected” (Shemot 40:2). Sefer Shemot concludes with…

Purim Feb 25, 2021

Rare is the person who has the opportunity to knowingly shape the course of Jewish history. Most are happy to be relieved of that responsibility.…

Purim Feb 19, 2021

"He shall surely be put to death."  "They shall be pelted with stones and thus stoned to death."  "He shall be burned with fire."  "His soul shall be…

Rosh Hashanah Dec 31, 2020

“Ezra enacted for the Jewish people that they should read the curses that are recorded in Vayikra before Shavuot and […

Chanukah Dec 25, 2020

For better or worse, in the minds of many—Jew and non-Jew alike—Chanukah and Christmas are two sides of a similar, if not the same, coin. Chanukah is…

Chanukah Dec 18, 2020

There is no more powerful symbol than light in our tradition. It is how we usher in the Shabbat, march down the wedding aisle, mark the yahrzeit of a…

Chanukah Dec 14, 2020

Mai Chanukah? What is Chanukah? the Talmud (Shabbat 21ba) queries, a question we find with respect to no other holiday. The Talmud explains that…

Shemini Atzeret Oct 9, 2020

The Jewish holidays have two distinct themes. The shalosh regalim, three pilgrim festivals of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, occurring at key…

Sukkot Oct 7, 2020

For many years, students were introduced to the study of Talmud with Eilu Metziot, the second chapter of masechet Bava Metzia, focusing on the…

Sukkot Oct 2, 2020

For seven days a year, one is to “make his home temporary and his Sukkah permanent”. Ideally, we move our finest furniture, china, and…

Sukkot Sep 30, 2020

As important (if not more so) as what one says is how it is said, when it is said, and what is not said. This is equally true regarding both our…

Yom Kippur Sep 27, 2020

“We work and get reward and they work and do not get reward?” This statement, said when one completes a Talmudic tractate, articulates a…

Yom Kippur Sep 23, 2020

“In a place where ba’alei teshuva stand there, not even the fully righteous can stand” (Brachot 34b). This teaching is generally…

Rosh Hashanah Sep 18, 2020

Man has a tremendous capacity for self-deception. We easily see faults in others; somehow, we miss them in ourselves. Teshuva, repentance,…

Rosh Hashanah Sep 16, 2020

The Yamim Noraim of the year 70 must have been quite traumatic. The Temple had been destroyed less than two months earlier and thousands lay dead,…

Tu B'Av Aug 5, 2020

One of the best-known wedding customs is the breaking of a glass during the chuppah. The common explanation given for this custom is that it serves…

Tisha B'Av Jul 29, 2020

If someone gives you ten answers to a question, the one thing you can be assured of is that none of the answers is a very a good one. If one has a…