Torah Sparks

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Produced weekly for United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism by the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, each issue of Torah Sparks has three sections:

  • Dvar Torah – an essay based on the weekly Torah portion by either a yeshiva faculty member, student, or alumnus/a.
  • Dvar Haftarah – commentary on that week’s Haftarah by faculty member Rabbi Mordechai (Mitchell) Silverstein.
  • Table Talk – questions developed by faculty member Vered Hollander-Goldfarb to stimulate thinking and discussion on the Torah portion around the Shabbat table.

Torah Sparks is available as a weekly email (subscribe here), a printable 2-page double-sided Google Doc, and as a blog on


Prior to the October 2017, Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein
produced a stand-alone weekly Haftarah Commentary.

The archives from 5762-5777 can be found here.