Divrei Torah

Academic Articles on the Weekly Torah Reading

Sponsored by Bar Ilan University, the divrei Torah here combine traditional Jewish sources with material from the secular world. Essays are available in Hebrew and English and date from 1996-2015.

Al HaTorah

Describing itself as “a one-stop Tanakh study resource, providing the tools, techniques, and technology to make Torah come alive in the home, classroom, and synagogue,” you can search for a topic in the Bible, browse the site by the weekly parasha, see depictions of Biblical stories in art and obtain material for family learning. The site contains information about Biblical commentators and a dictionary of Biblical terms.

Chok LeYisrael Online

Download sheets in pdf format that provide daily study of a portion of the weekly Torah reading.

Divrei HaShavua: Words of the Week

This initiative from the Temple Israel of Natick Massachusetts Mens Club provides a list of about 10 Hebrew words for each parasha, along with where they appear in the Torah reading and their translation. There is also a format that allows synagogues to include the list in their bulletins.

Jewish Bible Association

This organizations goal is to bring the Tanach to the people. Its home page offers access to several methods for achieving that goal. Of particular note is the searchable 24 year index to The Jewish Bible Quarterly published by the association and the extensive Bible quizzes offering sets of questions about each parasha.

Mishnah on the Weekly Parasha

Insights on the weekly parashah as seen through the lens of the Mishna from the Society for the Study of Mishnah.

Nechama Leibovitz

Weekly insights on the Parasha with commentaries by Nehama Leibovitz in English. Her gilyonot are also available here in Hebrew.

Nechama Leibowitz in Hebrew

This Hebrew language site provides the Hebrew language gilyonot of Nechama Leibowitz on the weekly parasha as well as biographies about the Torah commentators and a dictionary of abbreviations.

Parashat Hashavua Pamphlets from Israeli Synagogues

Access to the full text of the pamphlets distributed in Israeli synagogues that include divrei Torah on the weekly parasha.

Parsha of the Week by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Searchable database of teachings on the weekly Torah reading by the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain.

Rav Kook on the Weekly Parsha

Through this site, you can read the writings of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook on the weekly Torah reading.

The Torah Parasha

Founded by a British haredi rabbi and a professor of Bible at Brandeis University, “Project TABS’s mission is to integrate Torah and critical scholarship. The site offers a series of divrei Torah on the weekly parashah that incorporate the findings of modern biblical scholarship and a feature called “Parashah Tabs” consisting of short, thought-provoking observations to intrigue and challenge readers to deepen their understanding of Torah. In addition, the site features discussion of the significance of recent archaeological finds from top scholars in the field.”

Torah Tidbits

Published by the Israel Center of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, this booklet includes divrei Torah for each parasha. The site includes past issues as well.

Yeshayahu Leibowitz

This searchable Hebrew language site provides the full text of many articles written by this modern Jewish scholar and philosopher.

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