Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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The Shortened Arm

Are you depressed? Depression is the enemy of faith. The next time you find yourself doubting God, ask yourself, "Has the hand of the LORD become shorter?" The next time you find yourself despondent and depressed, remind yourself of the great things God has done in the past.

The Puzzling Story of Miriam's Leprosy

How many times do we indulge in similar "private" conversations, forgetting that God is listening? A person should always remember that his words are heard and recorded in heaven: "But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment." (Matthew 12:36)


Grumbling about things is a telltale sign of weak faith. A person of strong faith has confidence that God is in charge and is working all things out for the good. He is not given to complaining because he believes that everything is ultimately in God's hands.

Nostalgia for the Familiar

Manna was the perfect food provided directly from heaven. In actuality, there was nothing wrong with the manna except that it wasn’t fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. Because it was not what they desired, they spurned it, even though it was given of God.

The Punishment of Abundance

The daily provision of the manna reminds us to be dependent upon God day by day. If a man could store up manna, hoarding it like money, he could be confident of his sustenance for many days to come. But the manna could not be hoarded. It required a daily dependence upon God.