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V’zot Hab’rachah (And thi...

V'zot Hab'rahah

Deuteronomy 33:1 to 34:12 The last chapters of Torah relate Moses’ blessing to the people and tell of his death. (Picture to right -Simhat Torah Flag – France, 1930) This week we are celebrating Sukkot. During this seven day celebration, each day has its own reading. The text for Saturday, October 22 is Deuteronomy 14:22 […]

Haazinu (Give ear … Listen)

Haazinu

Deuteronomy 32:1-52 Moses looks at the traits of the Israelites and predicts a future…. In a recent book by author Marjorie Ingall she looks at today’s Jews and sees a different future. This week’s reading, often called the Song of Moses, takes the form of a “song” or poem presented by Moses to the Israelites. […]

Vayeilech (And he went)

Vayeilech

Deuteronomy 31:1-30 In this week’s Torah reading Moses presents an idea that is designed to both establish faith in God and bring a knowledge of the law to the Israelites. “Moses went and spoke these things to all Israel…” (Deut.31:1) These are the opening words of the final address to the Israelites before they enter the […]

Nitzavim (Standing)

Nitzavim

Deuteronomy 29:9 to 30:20 For the people who have turned away from God, Torah provides the process of Teshuvah – return to God – The process can apply to both the nation of Israel and the individual Jew. This week’s portion is always read the week before Rosh Hashanah. It features an extensive listing of […]

Ki Tavo (When you enter)

Ki Tavo

Deuteronomy 26:1 to 29:8 In concluding his Third Discourse to the Israelites, Moses tells them to hear and pay attention to his words. Rabbi Kook extends this command to a discussion of how to best study Torah. In this week’s text, Moses is concluding his third discourse to the people before they enter the Promised […]

Ki Teitzei – Torah In Haiku

Ki Teitzie

  Defiant children? … Torah calls on the neighbors … To help reign them in — Deuteronomy 21:18-21 If a man has a wayward and defiant son, who does not heed his father or mother and does not obey them even after they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and […]

Ki Teitzei (When you go out)

Ki Teitzei

Deuteronomy 21:10 to 25:19 Torah is said to contain 613 mitzvot or commandments, 72 appear in this week’s text. A central theme emerges stating that an individual should rise above self-interest and care about the well-being of others in the community. The week the parsha contains the “nuts and bolts” of Jewish practice…. We read […]

Shof’tim – Torah In Haiku

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Don’t judge unfairly … Don’t show partiality … Don’t take any bribes — Deuteronomy 16:18-19 You shall appoint judges and officials for your tribes, in all the settlements that Adonai your God is giving you, and they shall govern the people with due justice. You shall not judge unfairly: you shall show no partiality; you […]

Shof’tim (Judges)

Shof'tim

Deuteronomy 16:18 to 21:9 Moses addresses the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. He presents a plan for the set-up of the government and some of its policies including ideas regarding ecology and its role in warfare. Moses realizes that, for success, the Israelites must have a strong government that serves all the people… […]

R’eih – Torah In Haiku

R'eih'

Do not add to them … And don’t take away from them … Adonai’s commands — לא תסף עליו ולא תגרע ממנו מצות אדוני Deuteronomy 13:1 Be careful to observe only that which I enjoin upon you: neither add to it nor take away from it. For Reform (and other theologically liberal) Jews, this verse […]

R’eih (See)

R'eih

Deuteronomy 11:26 to 16:17 Moses worries that the people will stray from the Eternal and worship other gods. Today, the problem of intermarriage and a fear of a declining Jewish population still exists. While Moses suggests death to the unfaithful, we must look for more civil solutions. The following words begin Moses’ Third Discourse to […]

Eikev – Torah in Haiku

Eikev – Torah in Haiku

Give thanks to your God … When you have eaten your fill … Birkat Hamazon — Deuteronomy 8:10 When you have eaten your fill, give thanks to Adonai your God for the good land which has been given you. In Eikev we are commanded to give thanks for God’s bounty. This verse is part of […]

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