Torah Commentary Archive

Commentary on Parashat Emor

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis There came out among the Israelites one whose mother was Israelite and whose father was Egyptian. And a fight broke out in the camp between that half-Israelite and a certain Israelite. The son of the Israelite pronounced the Name in blasphemy, and he was brought to Moses – now his …

Commentary on Parashat Aharei Mot

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “Do not defile yourselves in any of those ways, for it is by such that the nations that I am casting out before you defiled themselves.” Leviticus 18:24 Parashat Aharei Mot consists largely of a catalogue of sins that the priests and the people are not to commit. These range …

Commentary on Parashat Tzav

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “The fire on the altar shall be kept burning, not to go out; every morning the priest shall feed wood to it, lay out the burnt offering on it, and turn into smoke the fat parts of the offering of well-being. A perpetual fire shall be kept burning on the …

Commentary on Parashat Vayikra

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying speak to the Israelite people…” Leviticus 1:1-2 The Hebrew title of the third book of the Torah is Va-Yikra, taken from the first words of the first sentence, “And God called.” For centuries, the Jewish …