Category Archives: Resources

We’ve begun the Resource List with web sites. Now we’re adding books. Stay tuned for more to come!

Torah Resources: Web Sites

Torah web sites which we recommend.
Not listed in order of preference.
  1. Rabbi Shefa Gold’s Torah Journeys

    Aryae
    This page provides links to Reb Shefa’s commentary on each parsha, each of which is also a chapter in her book by the same name. There are also sound files of some of her chants, which are associated with specific parshiot.

    What we especially like is how she leads us to see each story, each law, each piece of Torah as an opportunity to look inward for the guidance that it offers.

    Wendy
    Reb Shefa has Guidelines for Practice with each parsha commentary. You can order her book, Torah Journeys and In the Fever of Love, An Illumination of the Song of Songs as well as her music CD’s, particularly chants, at her website. There is also a list of her upcoming workshops and chant intensives on the website.

  2. Azamra.
    Reb Avraham Greenbaum
    Aryae
    Parsha commentaries from a traditional Breslov Hasidic perspective, delivered in a way that is very accessible to those of us outside the Breslov world. Reb Avraham Greenbaum reaches out to Jews and non-Jews alike with his writings, based on Reb Nachman’s teachings,” on “Universal Torah” and “Torah for the Nations.”
  3. Chabad.org Weekly Parsha

    Aryae
    Updated each week with the weekly parsha text and commentaries. This web site is a rich source of commentaries on the both the parsha and holidays. There are many rabbis involved, with commentaries that range from simple explanations to the mystical, all from a Chabad perspective. We often find material that we find deep and meaningful.

    Wendy
    I very much appreciate the brief commentaries from various sources under In Depth Parsha Overview with Selected Commentaries. There is also a complete holiday section at http://www.chabad.org/holidays/default_cdo/jewish/Holidays.htm.

  4. RavKookTorah.org

    Wendy
    I asked Rabbi Yitzchak Marmorstein, one of the foremost experts on Rav Kook today, for his recommendation on Rav Kook’s teachings on the parshiot in English. He directed me to this web site which has Rav Kook’s commentaries on the parshiot, holidays and psalms adapted by Reb Chanan Morrison. There are several teachings on each of the parshiot, so I always find some commentary that is deeply meaningful to me.

  5. Reb Zalman Legacy Project

    Wendy
    This website is devoted to preserving the works of Reb Zalman. What we especially like is this statement describing the vision of the project, “We intend to preserve not only Reb Zalman’s body of work, but also his process of renewal, so that his teachings will not become calcified and exist with meaning primarily for our generation alone. Therefore, with an eye to the future, we are building open access- pathways to primary texts, inviting new commentary, and providing new possibilities for spiritual fellowship.” You can find commentaries on the parshiot, holidays, other topics on the Blog Site. (link) You can also purchase Reb Zalman’s books, CD’s, etc at this website. You can also make donations for this very worthy project on the website.

    Aryae
    I especially like the Reb Zalman Legacy Blog, edited by Seth Fishman, which has excerpts of Reb Zalman’s writings plus transcribed interviews and talks on the parshiot, holidays, Hasidus and Kabbalah, Renewal, and all sorts of interesting stuff.

  6. Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman
    Ohr Chadash
    Wendy
    Rabbi Avrahm Arieh Trugman is a student of Reb Shlomo and lives on Moshav Modiim. This website offers instructive and interesting teachings on the parshiot. There is an archive so that they can be accessed throughout the year. I especially like the teachings on the holidays which is a favorite area for me. For those who like Gematria, there is a Word and Gematria Tanach search.

  7. Velveteen Rabbi
    Rachel Barenblat
    Wendy
    I always appreciate a woman who combines feminism with love of Torah. Aleph rabbinical student Rachel Barenblat writes this blog where there is an archive of Torah commentaries and poetry based on the parshiot. These commentaries are instructive, creative, modern, and have a great deal of heart. Reb Rachel’s blog also has holiday resources and writings about other topics.

    There is also a website, www.velveteenrabbi.com has a ceremony archive which includes prayers, rituals, and life cycle events.

  8. The Academy for Jewish Religion/CA

    Wendy
    This website has a Parsha of the Week commentary by faculty, graduates, and students. I appreciate the variety of the different styles of the contributors. There is an archive from October 2008- June 2009. The current year, Sept 2009- June 2010 has a posting for each parsha very close to Shabbat.

  9. Rabbi David Seidenberg
    Neohasid.org

    Wendy
    This is a very interesting and creative website by Rabbi David Seidenberg. It contains Chasidic nusach, niggunim, and teachings by Chasidic masters. There are liturgy resources and wonderful holiday resources as well as resources on Judaism and ecology. We applaud Reb David’s efforts. You can sign up to be on the email list and receive updates.

  10. Melissa Carpenter
    Torah Monologues

    Wendy
    Each week, Melissa Carpenter writes an interesting and accessible parsha drash on her blog called Torah Sparks. What I find unique are the rich images that her words bring to my mind. Her website also gives information on her dramatic readings called Torah Monologues which are about characters in the Torah.

  11. The Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach Foundation

    Aryae
    Teachings from Reb Shlomo on the holidays, as well as stories and videos. You can find some gems here if you’re willing to poke around and search a little.

  12. Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo.
    Reb Sholom Brodt
    Aryae
    The web site for Reb Sholom’s yeshivah in Jerusalem contains teachings from Reb Sholom and also from Reb Shlomo.

    Reb Sholom is one of my favorite Torah teachers, learned, humble, skilled and emotionally intelligent at making the bridge between the Hasidic and Renewal worlds. He sends out weekly parsha drashes which are a mainstay of my Torah study and usually find their way onto the Torah Circle Blog.

  13. Rabbi James Stone Goodman

    Wendy
    We very much appreciate Rabbi James Stone Goodman’s poetry which we have included in the postings of the Torah Circle Blog. You can find his writings on the parshiot, holidays, and other topics on his blog on his website. Rabbi James is also a fine musician. You can purchase his CD’s on his website.

  14. Rabbi Miles Krassen
    Gishmey Brachah- Rain of Blessings

    And if you love gematria, this is the site for you!

  15. Rabbi James Stone Goodman

    Wendy
    We very much appreciate Rabbi James Stone Goodman’s poetry which we have included in the postings of the Torah Circle Blog. You can find his writings on the parshiot, holidays, and other topics on his blog on his website. Rabbi James is also a fine musician. You can purchase his CD’s on his website.

  16. Rabbi Miles Krassen
    Gishmey Brachah- Rain of Blessings

    Wendy
    Rabbi Miles Krassen/Moshe Aharon has very deep and powerful commentaries on selected parshiot and seasonal kavanot on his website, Rain of Blessings. We are often blown away by his teachings. We look foward to more commentaries in the future. The Website will allow you to purchase books, CD’s, and recorded teachings as well as learn about upcoming workshops and retreats.

  17. Rav DovBer Pinson
    IYYUN

    Wendy
    We first encountered Rav DovBer Pinson on Facebook, and we appreciate his outreach. What first got our attention was Rav Pinson’s short videos of Parshiot
    commentaries: very clear, no wasted words and takes us right to essence. His written teachings continue to delight us. I have included this description about IYYUN, his organization from the website,

    “IYYUN, an organization dedicated to the study and experience of Jewish spirituality, explores the three dimensions of human reality: The Mind, The Heart and The Body.
    IYYUN creates opportunities for people of all backgrounds to deeply examine and understand the intellectual, emotional and physical within themselves in the light of Jewish spiritual teachings and the wisdom of the Torah.
    IYYUN seeks to unify the disparate intellectual, emotional and physical dimensions of the human experience into a complete whole, empowering men and women to realize their full potential and together, build a global spiritual community. ”

    This is a very complete and well done website. You can find online parshiot and holiday teachings as well as many other topics. There are also audio and video teachings and
    a link to purchase books.

  18. Rabbi Gershon Winkler
    Walking Stick Foundation

    Wendy
    I very much connect with Rabbi Gershon Winkler’s teachings about the aboriginal mystery wisdom of Judaism. Reb Gershon makes use of his Orthodox background to create a blend of off the wall humor and profound Torah teachings. He is meticulous about his attributions to our sages, and often highlights lesser known
    teachings concerning the earth and its inhabitants. While his website at this time does not provide specific parshiot or holiday teachings, you can subscribe to
    his newsletter and receive teachings about holidays and various other subjects along with his schedule of workshops and retreats. You can also purchase CD’s and books such as the Magic of the Ordinary on the site.

  19. Rabbi Simon Jacobson
    Meaningful Life Center

    Wendy
    Many of us became familar with Rabbi Simon Jacobson’s Omer counter. His website contains parshiot and holiday commentary as well as classes, a weekly op ed piece, and writings by other teachers. There is also live programing on a variey of subjects.

    I like this quote in the philosphy of the Meaningful Life Center, ” The Center provides a warm, non-judgmental atmosphere for people of all backgrounds to explore their spirituality and build a personal, loving relationship with G-d”. Rabbi Jacobson writes that we are about to enter a new time of spiritual awareness and that we need to make connections with each other for global transformation.

  20. Rabbi Jonathan Case
    Life’s Pathway

    Wendy
    This website states, ” The richness of the ancient Jewish tradition of Torah blended with Kabbalah and Hasidsm creates a great dynamic. Come. It is ours to access. Drink and replenish the parched soul”. Rabbi Jonathan Case has included a blog of Torah parshiot that are very interesting and speak to the heart. Some of the postings include Haftarah insights. Also, there is a section of You tube videos by Rabbi Case on the parshiot and some holidays as well as MP3 audiofiles on the Psalms.

  21. JINSIDER

    Wendy
    For those who enjoy a multimedia approach, the JINSIDER website contains videos by many teachers on a variety of subjects including Parshiot and holidays. There are also alot of Jewish culture related videos
    on this site.

  22. American Jewish World Service

    Wendy
    We strongly support the work of the American Jewish World Service. So we are pleased to recommend this website. There are commentaries on the Parshiot and holidays by a variety of writers. This is a good site for those who are looking for thoughtful Torah commentaries focused on social action

    For Torah Commentary

    For Holidays

  23. Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan

    Wendy
    I was delighted to find this website. Rabbi Laura posts commentaries on the parshiot under the heading Philosopher’s Torah. She brings her background as a PhD in philosophy, so the ideas and references are quite interesting yet also reach the heart with everday examples. There are some commentaries on the Haftarah as well. Also on the website are essays on specific prayers, and as a bonus for me, a section called Animal Torah.

  24. Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

    Wendy
    Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies is part of the American Jewish University which is part of the Conservative denomination.You can sign up on their website to receive some fine weekly commentaries from their teachers.