Steven Nathan

Wrestling With…

(This week’s parashah, Vayishlah, tells the story of the reuniting of Yaakov and Esau, which is preceded by Yaakov’s night-long wrestling encounter on the banks

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Be a Blessing

The parashah begins with God’s call to Avram (his name won’t be changed to Avraham until later) to “Go forth from your land, from your

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Standing Together This Day

This week’s parasha is the double portion Nitzavim/Vayelekh. At the beginning of the parasha Moses tells the Jewish people, “You stand this day, all of

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First Fruits

This week’s parasha, Ki Tavo, includes within it a description of the intricate ritual the people were to engage in once settled in the Land

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Ownership and Return

This week’s parashah, Ki Tetzey, contains the greatest number of mitzvot/commandments of any Torah portion. The 72 mitzvot found in the parashah focus on everything

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Strange Fire: A Midrash

Instead of a traditional d’var Torah on Parashat Shemini, I chose to write an original midrash about Nadav and Avihu. These two sons of Aaron

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