Torah Commentary Archive

Parashat T’rumah

February 20, 2021 by Bettijane Eisenpreis “Place the cover on top of the Ark, after depositing in the Ark the Pact that I will give you. There I will meet with you and I will impart with you — from above the cover, from between the two cherubim that are on top of the Ark …

Parashat Mishpatim

February 13, 2021 by Bettijane Eisenpreis “And I will remove sickness from your midst. No woman in your land shall miscarry or be barren.”  – Exodus 23:26 This parashah, “mishpatim,” (“laws”) contains some laws that are so well known that it is easy to overlook the sentence quoted above.  But no line of Torah is …

Commentary on Parashat Va-y’chi

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt. ~ Genesis 50: 26 The story of Joseph is a dramatic one. It was the basis of Thomas Mann’s acclaimed four-part novel, Joseph and His Brothers and of the …

Commentary on Parashat Vayeitzei

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “When Rachel saw that she had borne Jacob no children, she became envious of her sister, and Rachel said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die.” Genesis 30:1 Sibling rivalry seems to have existed literally from the beginning of history, starting with Cain and Abel. From the start, …