D'var Torah Resources
- Rashi (you can easily find this online). Basic commentary from the middle ages.
- New Studies in the Weekly Parashot by Nehama Liebowitz (I think we have a copy in the Kolot Library)
- The Language of Truth: The Torah Commentary of the Sefat Emet Arthur Green did the translation and adds commentary.
- Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash by Hayyim Nahman Bialik and Y.H. Rawnitzky For a midrashic approach.
- Legends of the Bible by Louis Ginzburg. Stories! (edited down from mammoth Legends of the Jews)
- Women’s Bible Commentary, edited by Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss. Various interpretions of each parsha.
- Jewish Study Bible – English Translation from JPS, footnoted extensively from Orthodox scholarly perspective
- Torah Journeys, by Shefa Gold Commentary on each parsha from Jewish Renewal perspective
- Accepting the Yoke of Heaven by Yeshayahu Liebowitz Commentary on each parsha from an Israeli professor.
Google the name of your parsha, you should get a lot that way. In case that doesn’t work (but it will), here are some good sites to check out. Most of them offer their own divrei torah as well as other resources:
- AJWS (parsha commentary from an international social justice perspective)
- Chabad (Lubavitcher)
You may also want to look through the divrei torah on the Kolot website, both adult and b'nai mitzvah.
We use the Plaut translation most of the time at Kolot, which is the translation the Reform Movement but--
- Arthur usually reads the King James Bible first for the poetry, then Robert Alter (also for the notes) and Everett Fox.
- Trisha usually reads the JPS first as a standard, then the Alter (his tranlsation most resembles the feel of the Hebrew) and also looks at her old Conservative Soncino. If she wants to read the Plaut she looks at the Women’s Torah Commentary which uses that translation as its base.
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