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Ki Teitzei (When you go out)

Ki Teitzei
Deuteronomy 21:10 to 25:19 This week’s text presents 72 commandments for the Israelites to follow as they enter the Promised Land. For modern man, they shape the world that God desires…. But, how should we treat those laws we don’t understand? Last week we read about Justice. Torah tells us “justice, justice you shall pursue.” I commented tha [...]

Shoftim – Torah In Haiku

Laws about warfare … Include some rules to tell us … Who should wait to serve — You’ve bought a new house … But are waiting to move in? … You should wait to serve — Planted a vineyard … Which has not been harvested? … You should wait to serve — You’ve gotten engaged … Bu [...]

Shof’tim (Judges or Magistrates)

Deuteronomy 16:18 to 21:9 Torah tells us that to obtain true justice we must pursue ‘Justice, Justice.” Talmud explains the double “justice” as (first) the law of Torah, and (second) compromise to create a law that fits the real world. “You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in all the settlements that the Eternal your G [...]

R’eih – Torah In Haiku

First generation … After slave generation … Gets troublesome rules — Moses continues his instructions to the people as they prepare to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land. One particular commandment – and this isn’t the only place it appears – is quite troublesome: Deuteronomy 12:2-3 You m [...]

R’eih (See)

Deuteronomy 11:26 to 16:17 Torah tells us that giving charity is an obligation for all. Who shall receive this charity and how much should be given? In this week’s text Moses continues his discourses to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. He focuses on the laws and commandments they must follow in the new land. These include t [...]

Eikev – Torah In Haiku

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  It sounds familiar … Almost like V’ehavta … But something’s different — Last week’s portion included these words, which are part of V’ehavta: Deuteronomy 6:5-9 You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words which I command you thi [...]

Eikev (Because)

Deuteronomy 7:12 to 11:25 Moses tells the Isrealites that they are about to enter a land with all the resources they will need. But, they must remember all that God has done for them and that their future riches would not be possible without the assistance of the Eternal. Continuing his discourses to the Isrealites as they ready themselves to [...]

Va-et’chanan – Torah In H...

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God spoke from the fire … Sounds were heard, but no shape seen … Nothing but a voice — Deuteronomy 4:12 God spoke to you out of the fire; you heard the sound of words but perceived no shape – nothing but a voice. As he prepares to recite the Ten Commandments to the Israelites, Moses describes the scene at the foot of [...]

Va-et’chanan (I pleaded)

Deuteronomy 3:23 to 7:11 Intermarriage involving Jews and those of other faiths has been a subject of discussion for many generations … maybe since the days that the first Hebrews married. Moses presents his advice toward the end of this week’s parsha. “When the Eternal your God brings you to the land that you are about to enter and possess, [...]

D’varim – Torah In Haiku

​   Of Torah’s five books … We finally get to one … That is “of Moses” — Torah is commonly referred to as “The Five Books Of Moses”. But are they all really “of Moses”? There are plenty of places in Torah where God instructs Moses to write down what God is telling him. That make [...]

D’varim (Words)

Deuteronomy 1:1 to 3:22 D’varim is Hebrew for words … Torah demonstrates the real power of the words used by Moses as he delivers his discourses to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. This week we start a new book of Torah – D’varim/Deuteronomy. As with the other books of Torah, the title of the book tells us a lot [...]

Matot / Mas’ei – Torah In...

  At River Jordan … Reuben and Gad ask Moses … Please don’t make us cross — Chapter 32 of Numbers tells an interesting story. When the Israelites arrive at the banks of the Jordan River, about to cross in to the Promised Land, the tribes of Reuven and Gad come of Moses, Eleazar the priest. They don’t want t [...]

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