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R’eih (See)

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 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)

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 [...]

Pinchas (Grandson of Aaron)

Numbers 25:19 to 30:1 This portion discusses two different issues that faced Moses … and are still major issues in our day. First, zealotry… Pinchas is rewarded for killing two people engaged in an act against God…. Second, five women speak up for women’s rights as they challenge the laws of inheritance before God and Moses.   Pinchas, t [...]

Balak – Torah In Haiku

Tents of Israelites
Some familiar words … The start of a morning prayer … Spoken by Balaam —- The opening verse of Mah Tovu, part of the morning worship service, can be found in this week’s portion. Balaam is hired to curse Israel, but can only speak words of praise – “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, and your tabernacles, [...]

Balak (King of Moab)

Balaam's view of Israel
Numbers 22:2 to 25:9 The time – 40 years after the Exodus from Egypt….. The location – Outside of the Israelite camp…. For the first time we view the Israelite people as others see them…. A powerful people to be feared. “Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.” Moab was alarmed because that people was so [...]

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