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B’reishit – Torah In Haik...

Let there be light
G-d speaks, things happen … Light and dark, heaven and earth,     The seas and dry land —   The sun and the moon … Creatures of the air, sea, land … Then man and woman —   Finally, Shabbat …  A day set aside for rest … Sanctified by G-d — Genesis 1:3 G-d said. “Let there be lightR [...]

B’reishit (At the start)

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Genesis 1:1 to 6:8 While progressive scholars believe that the events of Creation and the Garden of Eden as outlined in Torah never occurred, the factors that are behind the story have shaped and influenced history through the ages. And now we start all over again ….   B’reishit  – At the beginning …. As many progressive sch [...]

Chol HaMo-eid (Portion for Sukkot)

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Exodus 33:12 to 34:26 - Torah Portion for the Intermediate Shabbat during Sukkot This special Torah reading for Sukkot provides the most complete description of God found in the Torah. During Sukkot, as with other major holidays, we have a special Torah reading. Each of the days of Sukkot has its own reading that deals with different aspects [...]

Haazinu (Listen)

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Deuteronomy 32:1-52 On Shabbat Shuvah we read the words of Moses telling the people that, in the future, they will stray from God and be punished. But, ultimately they will return to God who will restore Israel’s land and inflict vengeance on Israel’s foes. It is no accident that this portion is read during the High Holidays – a time of self- [...]

Nitzavim/Vayeilech – Torah in H...

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Rosh Hashanah nears … Torah tells us we will stray … But we can return — Moses warns the people that future generations will suffer punishment “because they have forsaken the covenant” (Deuteronomy 29:24). But he assures them that “you shall call [the blessing and the curse] to mind … and shall return to Adonai your G-d.” [...]

Nitzavim (Standing)

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Deuteronomy 29:9 to 30:20 Moses makes his final appeal to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. His instruction – Choose Life! – by loving God … following God’s way … following God’s commandments … How is this done? Following are the words Moses uses as he begins his short, Final Appeal to the Israelites before they enter the Pr [...]

Ki Tavo – Torah in Haiku

Knesset Memorah
AFTER 40 YEARS … HEARTS KNOW, EYES SEE AND EARS HEAR … WHAT G-D DID FOR US — Deuteronomy 29:1-3 Moses summoned all Israel, and said to them: You have seen all that G-d did in Egypt before your very eyes, to Pharaoh, to all his servants, and to all his land. Your own eyes saw the great miracles, signs and wonders. But unt [...]

Ki Tavo (When you enter)

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Deuteronomy 26:1 to 29:8 As we near the end of the yearly Torah cycle, we read the comments of Moses emphasizing two major lessons of Torah… Then, to these comments we add an interpretation from Talmud on the proper way to study Torah. Ki Tavo presents the end of Moses’ third discourse to the people before they enter the Promised [...]

Ki Teitzei – Torah in Haiku

Promises made
Don’t make promises … Unless ready to keep them … Your word is your bond — Deuteronomy 23:22-24 When you make a pledge to G-d, do not be late in paying it, since G-d will then demand it, and you will have committed a sin. If you refrain from making vows completely, then you will not sin. But when you have spoken, be c [...]

Ki Teitzei (When you go out)

Laws of Torah
Deuteronomy 21:10 to 25:19 The reading of Ki Teitzei contains 72 mitzvot or laws, more than any other portion of Torah. These laws are considered special because they go beyond an attempt to just keep law and order… they are designed to help create the “holy community” envisioned by Torah. “When you [an Israelite warrior] take the field agai [...]

Shof’tim – Torah in Haiku

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The “Royal Subjects” … For the kings of Israel … Are the laws of G-d — Write them, study them … Do not feel superior … Don’t gather riches — Deuteronomy 17:17-20 The king … shall not accumulate very much silver and gold. When [the king] is established on his royal throne, he must wr [...]

Shof’tim (Judges)

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Deuteronomy 16:18 to 21:9 Moses continues to present the laws to the people. With only twenty verses in this week’s portion devoted to the subject of war. Moses shows how war can achieve its objectives while, at the same time, creating a more holy world. “You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in all the settlements that [...]

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