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Shof’tim – Torah in Haiku

King David Statue
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)

Peace2
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 [...]

R’eih – Torah In Haiku

Beef can be eaten
  Carnivores rejoice! … Eat meat to your heart’s content … G-d says it’s okay —- But first check the list … What’s allowed and forbidden … And don’t eat the blood —- The creation story in Genesis can be understood to allow only vegetarian diets, but after the flood G-d says it’s okay for mankind to eat meat. In Deuteronomy, of course [...]

R’eih (See)

Justice
Deuteronomy 11:26 to 16:17 Moses presents a lengthy list of laws to the people. Many of the laws involved the death penalty for crimes where the sentence was rarely, if ever, carried out. Why weren’t these punishments given? Why are they even specified in Torah? “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse: blessing, if you obey the c [...]

Eikev -Torah in Haiku

Bread
BREAD IS NOT ENOUGH … THE WORDS THAT G-D SPEAKS TO US … CAN NOURISH OUR SOULS —- Deut 8:3 – “… man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of G-d does man live.” Ed Nickow | The Torah In Haiku Twitter Facebook Share this:FacebookLike this:Like Loading...

Eikev (Because)

worship/prayer
Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25 This week we read a passage that is part of the traditional V’ahavta prayer. It states that if we worship God and obey the laws and commandments of Torah, success will follow. But, if we don’t, our success will end. Why was this passage omitted from the Reform Movement’s prayer book? “And if you do obey th [...]

Va-Et’channan-Torah in Haiku

Moses - 10 commandments stained glass window
This week’s portion includes Moses’s retelling of the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-18) I am Adonai … Who brought you out of Egypt … Out from slavery. — Other gods? Just Me…. Don’t worship any idols It makes Me jealous Don’t swear in My name. To remember you were slaves, … Keep the Sa [...]

Va-et’channan (And I Pleaded)

Moses 3
Deuteronomy 3:23 to 7:11 After being told by God he will never enter the Promised Land, Moses speaks to the Israelites about the Laws of the Eternal. He states that “nothing can be added or subtracted” … But, does he contradict himself later in the text? “I pleaded with the Eternal at the time, saying: “O Eternal God, You who let Your servant [...]

D’varim (Words)

Words of D'varim
Deuteronomy 1:1 to 3:22 In Torah, words have power. God created the world with words. Now, in Deuteronomy – the last book of Torah – Moses delivers his selected words to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. Moses and Torah teach us through the power of words. Words of Parsha D’varim “These are the words that Moses a [...]

Mas’ei (Travels)

Mas'ei - Travels
Numbers 33:1 to 36:17 The travels of the Israelites are about to end. They are camped just outside of Canaan. At this point, God tells Moses what the people must do to have a successful life in the Promised Land. “These were the marches of the Israelites who started out from the land of Egypt, troop by troop, in the charge of Moses and Aaron [...]

Matot (Tribes)

Wedding in Israel
Numbers 30:2 to 32:42 Torah tells us that a father or husband has control of his daughter or wife and can annul any vows she makes. But with a closer examination we can see how and why this law no longer applies in today’s world.   “Moses spoke to the heads of the Israelite tribes, saying; ‘This is what the Eternal has commanded:’ [...]

Pinchas – Torah In Haiku

Passing the baton
  ​G-d speaks to Moses … You disobeyed at Kadesh … Your days are numbered —- Moses speaks to G-d … I’ve got to pass the baton … Name a new leader —- G-d speaks to Moses … I have just the man for you … Joshua’s the one —- In Numbers 27:12-18, G-d reminds Moses that he will not [...]

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