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Va-et’chanan – Torah in H...

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​ Doing commandments… It’s only part of our task… We must study, too — Before reciting the Ten Commandments in this week’s portion, Moses tells the people, “Hear, O Israel, the laws and rules that I proclaim to you this day. Study them and observe them faithfully!”‘ (Deuteronomy 5:1) Should we do and then learn, […]

Ve-et’chanan (And I Pleaded)

Ve-et'chanan

Deuteronomy 3:23 to 7:11 This week’s text contains the most well-known prayer in Jewish liturgy… The Shma. Through the ages, this prayer has had different meanings reflecting the thinking of the time. Moses ends his first discourse and begins a second address to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. In the second address, […]

D’varim (Words)

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Deuteronomy 1:1 to 3:22 A new book of Torah begins. The book is composed of the addresses Moses makes to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. This week we begin a new book of Torah. As with all the other books, it is known by both the Hebrew name, D’varim, which is translated […]

Matot (Tribes) / Mas’ei (Travel...

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Numbers 30:2 to 36:13 In a discussion of vows – promises to God to perform a specific act, give a gift, or make a sacrifice – Torah states that a father or husband has control over the vows of a daughter or wife. Last week we read about how the daughters of Zelophehad were given […]

Pinchas (Son of Eleazar the Priest)

Pinchas

Numbers 25:10 to 30:1 In Biblical times at the time of a death, all property was inherited by the male heirs. Five women – the daughters of Zelophehad – requested a change so that their father’s property could stay within their family even though there were no sons to inherit it. In the time of […]

Balak (King of Moab)

Balak

Numbers 22:2 to 25:9 In Balak we encounter the strange story of Balaam, the sorcerer, and his talking donkey/ass. However, we learn that the story can take on added meaning if we change the ending. This week, while researching for these comments, I came across an article focusing on Ballam’s treatment of his donkey/she-ass. It […]

Chukat (Law)

Chukat

Numbers 19:1 to 22:1 Thirty-eight years have passed since last week’s parsha. A lot has changed. Most of the Israelites who left Egypt have died. The deaths of Miriam and Aaron are told in the text. Moses learns he will not enter the Promised Land. This week’s parsha begins with a detailed discussion of the […]

Korach – Torah In Haiku

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God’s angry – again … Moses and Aaron speak up … “Spare the innocent” — God relents – again … “I’ll punish the sinners, but … Spare the innocent” — Numbers 16:20-23 God spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “Stand back from this community that I may annihilate them in an instant!” But they fell […]

Korach

Korach

Numbers 16:1 to 18:13 Again this week we read about a miracle from God. The earth swallows Korah and his followers. Did it really happen? Biblical scholars through the ages have commented on the meaning behind Biblical Miracles. In this week’s parsha, the complaining that has been observed over the past weeks continues. Now, takes […]

Sh’lach L’cha-Haiku

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Kol Nidre worship … Includes several verses … From this week’s portion — The evening worship service for Yom Kippur is called Kol Nidre, named for the well known prayer with which the service begins. After the Kol Nidre prayer is chanted, the following verses from this week’s Torah portion are recited: Numbers 14:19-20 “Pardon, […]

Sh’lach L’cha (Send for yourself)

Sh'lach L'cha

Numbers 13:11 to 15:41 More kvetching … The Israelites want a new leader to take them back to Egypt – out of the desert. God is angered and responds with a commandment for all future generations. This is the second week we read from the parshot I have titled The Book of Kvetch… successive parshot […]

B’haalot’cha-Haiku

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  Moses gets God’s help … The people suffer God’s wrath … The difference? One word. —  This week’s portion is full of complaints. The people complain, “If only we had meat to eat!” (Numbers 11:4). Moses complains, “I cannot carry all this people by myself … If You would deal thus with me, kill […]

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