Bit of Torah Archive

Bit of Torah is a weekly Shabbat message from a Greater MetroWest Jewish community leader. We share a video with the community each week on our Jewish Life webpage and on social media. Enjoy viewing all of them here!

If you have questions or would like to participate in this Bit of Torah program contact Sarah Segal, Director of Synagogue Initiatives, at or (973) 929-2952.

December 2018

BIT OF TORAH - 12/28/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Cantor Rebecca Zwiebel of B’nai Shalom of Sussex County...

BIT OF TORAH - 12/21/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills...

BIT OF TORAH - 12/14/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Allie Klein of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange...

BIT OF TORAH - 12/7/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Robert Lichtman, Federation’s Chief Learning Officer, describes how..

November 2018

BIT OF TORAH - 11/30/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Mark Cooper of Congregation Oheb Shalom in South Orange teaches..

BIT OF TORAH - 11/23/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Robert Green of Congregation B’nai Israel in Basking Ridge...

BIT OF TORAH - 11/16/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Cantor Lucy B. Fishbein of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills

BIT OF TORAH - 11/9/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Ari Lucas of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell...

BIT OF TORAH - 11/2/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Mendel Dubov of Chabad of Sussex County points out how...

October 2018

BIT OF TORAH - 10/26/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Cantor Galit Dadoun Cohen of Temple B’nai Or in Morristown...

BIT OF TORAH - 10/19/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff, assistant rabbi at Mount Freedom Jewish Center.

BIT OF TORAH - 10/12/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Inna Serebro-Litvak of Temple Shalom in Succasunna relates the...

BIT OF TORAH - 10/5/18

September 2018

BIT OF TORAH - 9/28/18

The Torah which so famously begins “In the Beginning,” ends before the ending.

August 2018

Bit of Torah - 8/03/18

Rabbi Marc Katz of Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield traces the history of Parshat Eikev.

July 2018

Bit of Torah - 7/20/18

Federation’s Chief Jewish Learning Officer Robert Lichtman wonders what “Jewish Life” is.

BIT OF TORAH - 7/13/18

Rabbi Moshe Rudin teaches that each place encountered on journey contains an element of the divine.

Bit of Torah - 7/6/18

This week's Bit of Torah, Rabbi Renee Edelman reminds importance of justice through due process.

June 2018

Bit of Torah - 6/29/18

Robert Lichtman, Chief Jewish Learning Officer, challenges us to consider the value of blessings.

Bit of Torah - 6/22/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Avi Friedman asks how do WE treat those who seek refuge among us?

Bit of Torah - 6/15/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Dan Cohen explains two leadership styles described in this story.

Bit of Torah - 6/8/18

Rabbi Steven Kushner suggests this tragedy may be because Israelites were still, in a sense, slaves.

Bit of Torah - 6/1/18

Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler teaches us how we can succeed by simply being humble and following directions

May 2018

Bit of Torah - 5/25/18

Rabbi Elie Mischel discusses what we must do to merit this special relationship with God.

Bit of Torah - 5/18/18

Yoni Glatt teaches us about the humble nature of the upcoming holiday of Shavuot.

Bit of Torah - 5/11/18

Rabbi Daniel Geretz teaches us importance of sacred act of supporting one another in difficult times

Bit of Torah - 5/4/18

Robert Lichtman teaches not only about Lag BaOmer, but also meaning of 33 days that lead up to it.

April 2018

Bit of Torah - 4/27/18

Rabbi Laurence Groffman teaches us lives are meant to be led through relationships with one another.

Bit of Torah - 4/20/18

Amit Stern reminds us that Yom Ha’atzmaut is the last of several important Jewish holidays.

Bit of Torah - 4/13/18

Justin Sakofs, Federation's Director of Empowerment for Families with School Age Children

Bit of Torah - 4/6/18

Rabbi Cecilia Beyer, Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, tells tale of two different reactions to leaving Egypt

March 2018

Bit of Torah - 3/30/18

Rabbi Shalom Lubin explains how Passover lamb provides us with wonderful lesson on Jewish pride

Bit of Torah - 3/23/18

Rabbi Randi Musnitsky teaches that it’s up to us to ignite our light of compassion, care, and energy

Bit of Torah - 3/16/18

Rabbi David Greenstein explains how Vayikra’s words speak from the Torah’s heart, its center.

Bit of Torah - 3/9/18

Robert Lichtman summarizes Exodus in two words that guided the Jews on their journey...

Bit of Torah - 3/2/18

Rabbi Mark Mallach teaches us that money can either destroy us or make our world a better place.

February 2018

Bit of Torah - 2/23/18

Dov Ben-Shimon, CEO of JFEDGMW, teaches us the important role each of us play in our community.

Bit of Torah - 2/16/18

Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz focuses giving gifts from heart, creating holy space for God in our lives.

Bit of Torah - 2/9/18

Rabbi Elliott Tepperman explores boundaries of this obligation in a globalized world...

Bit of Torah - 2/2/18

In this week’s Bit of Torah, Rabbi Joel Abraham, discusses what Yitro teaches us about leadership...

January 2018

Bit of Torah - 1/26/18

This week's Bit of Torah features Rabbi Menashe East, Mt. Freedom Jewish Center, Randolph.

Bit of Torah - 1/19/18

Rabbi Howard Tilman explains that our beginning might not actually be The Beginning.

Bit of Torah - 1/12/18

Rabbi Clifford Kulwin of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston - Message about Parshat Va’era

Bit of Torah - 1/5/18

This Shabbat Shemot features Rabbi Chaim Marcus of Congregation Israel of Springfield.