Monthly archives for July, 2014

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. “These are the words that Moses […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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