What's Pshat?

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What’s Pshat? is a project dedicated to producing creative and compelling Torah commentary.  Our readers hail from over ninety different countries, and span the gamut of Jewish educational and religious backgrounds—from those just beginning to learn Hebrew and to encounter Jewish texts, to day school teachers and principals, camp counselors and directors, pulpit rabbis and roshei Yeshiva, prominent academics, and communal leaders of every kind.

Together we turn to the Torah portion each week, energized by the challenge of the psalmist: “גל עיני, ואביטה נפלאות מתורתך”—“uncover my eyes, and I will behold wonders in your law.” Even timeless texts, it turns out, can be novelly interpreted—and when we read carefully, we often discover that the deepest insights are those hiding in plain sight.