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.
Shoftim Aug 13, 2021

“Do not sacrifice to G-d, your Lord, an ox or sheep that has a blemish; any bad thing, it is an abomination to the Lord, your G-d” (Devarim 17:1).…

Re'eh Aug 6, 2021

"For the sin that we have sinned before You through hardness of the heart."  With the month of Elul approaching, our thoughts turn to…

Eikev Jul 30, 2021

Had things gone according to plan, the chumash would be a much shorter book. If not for the sin of the golden calf, there would have been no need for…

VaEtchanan Jul 23, 2021

"Shamor v’Zachor b’dibur echad". This phrase, sung every Friday night, notes the most famous difference between the recording of the aseret hadibrot …

Devarim Jul 16, 2021

"Eleh Hadevarim, these are the words that Moshe spoke to all of Israel" (Devarim 1:1). In Biblical Hebrew, the word eleh comes to differentiate and…

Mattot Jul 9, 2021

The Torah is full of repetition. Whether it is law or narrative, much of the Torah seems to deal with recurring themes. Our Sages have focused on…

Pinchas Jul 2, 2021

“Pinchas, the son of Elazar, the son of Aaron the priest was the one who so zealously took up My cause among the Israelites, and turned My anger away…

Balak Jun 25, 2021

What a waste of talent. “No other prophet like Moses has arisen in Israel who knew G-d face to face” (Devarim 34:10).  Our Sages, in an astounding…

Chukat Jun 18, 2021

People have a natural tendency to avoid talking about death. People "pass away" or are "no longer with us". In Parshat Chukat death and its attendant…

Korach Jun 11, 2021

What does it take to convince somebody that they are wrong? Humans have an unbelievable ability to ignore the obvious as they cling to discredited…

Shelach Lecha Jun 4, 2021

Who should get the blame for the meraglim fiasco? Was it the report of the spies, or the lack of faith of the people that did us in? Might it be…

Beha'alotcha May 28, 2021

After reading through Sefer Breisheet and the sibling rivalry we encounter in generation after generation, it is a pleasure to come to Sefer Shemot…

Bamidbar May 14, 2021

Parshat Bamidbar is, on its surface, little more that names and numbers. The bulk of the parsha lists the counting of the Jewish people, tribe by…

Bechukotai May 7, 2021

The ability of the Jewish people to see hope when others see despair is perhaps the key to understanding the amazing tenacity of the Jewish people.…

Emor Apr 30, 2021

  When one thinks of the most important parts of the Torah one is likely to think of the aseret hadibrot, the shema or perhaps the mitzva to love…

Kedoshim Apr 23, 2021

Knowledge is much more than the accumulation of facts. It is the analysis and application of those facts that is crucial. Underlying factual…

Tazria Apr 17, 2021

Perhaps there is no parsha less studied than Tazria (and its frequent partner, Metzora). With its focus on the detailed laws of …

Shemini Apr 9, 2021

Modern society often expects people to keep their emotions in check and to avoid displaying them publicly. This is especially true of our leaders…

Vayikra Mar 19, 2021

When making reference to biblical verses, we tend to identify them by chapter and verse. This most convenient system is of non-Jewish origin and…

Ki Tisa Mar 5, 2021

The mark of a great leader is the ability to inspire others—even in their absence. A great company operates at peak efficiency even when the CEO is…

Tetzaveh Feb 26, 2021

One of the key ways by which groups self-identify is through the medium of clothes. Almost all religions have some form of dress code or …

Mishpatim Feb 12, 2021

It is common after a major event to have difficulty getting back into our daily routine. Whether it is a child's wedding, an exotic vacation or a…

Yitro Feb 4, 2021

In the Western world, the number ten represents perfection. Not surprisingly, this concept seems to be rooted in our biblical tradition. “In…

Beshalach Jan 29, 2021

The problem of theodicy—why there is evil in this world—has bothered thinking people from time immemorial. We cannot answer Moshe’s…