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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 about [...]

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 [...]

Motot(Tribes) / Masei (Travels)

Matot (Tribes) – Numbers 30:2 to 32:42 Mas’ei (Marches or Travels) – Numbers 33:1 to 36:13 A discussion on vows made by men and women begins this text. It is interesting to track the changes in Women’s rights from those stated in this Torah portion compared to those of today. This week we read a double portion – the final tw [...]

Pinchas – Torah In Haiku

  Zelopehad’s girls … Mahlah, Noah and Hoglah … Milcah and Tirzah — They had no brother … Asked to inherit from dad … God said “it is just” — Numbers 27:1-7 “The daughters of Zelophehad … came forward. The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirz [...]

Pinchas (Grandson of Aaron)

Numbers 25:10 to 30:1 In this week’s text we discover the Zelophedhad sisters who acted to inherit their fathers land and keep their family name alive. Prior to their actions only men could inherit land. As we near the end of Bamidbar/Numbers, we encounter a parsha that is filled with many subjects which appear to bring resolution to several [...]

Balak – Torah In Haiku

An angel of God … Seen by the talking donkey … But not by Balaam — Torah stories don’t get much stranger than this week’s tale of Balak, King of Moab, who calls upon Balaam, a non-Jewish prophet, to curse the Israelites. This one includes a talking donkey, a prophet unable to see an angel of God, and a blessing [...]

Balak (King of Moab)

Numbers 22:2 to 25:9 Balaam, a noted gentile prophet in the time of Moses, is asked to curse the Israelite people so they will not be successful in potential conflicts. However, because of God’s power, he can only offer the words which God places in his mouth – words of praise and blessing. These blessings focus on specific reasons for [...]

Chukat – Torah In Haiku

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The humble Moses … Suddenly is arrogant … God is not happy — Numbers 20:10-12 Moses and Aaron assembled the congregation in front of the rock; and he said to them, “Listen, you rebels, shall we get water for you out of this rock?” And Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod. Out came copious water, and [...]

Chukat (Law)

Numbers 19:1 to 22:1 After Miriam’s death the people had no water. Upon examination of both Torah and Midrash we see why the reaction of Moses to this shortage of water explains why he couldn’t lead the people into the Promised land …. And why Miriam is more significant that the text indicates. And the complaining – kvetching continues…. This [...]

Korach – Torah In Haiku

Datham, Abriam … Recall Egypt as the place  … Milk and honey flow — Numbers 16:12 Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come! Is it not enough that you brought us from a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, that you would also lord it over us?” [...]

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