Monthly archives for August, 2014

Shof’tim – Torah in Haiku

King David Statue

The “Royal Subjects” … For the kings of Israel … Are the laws of G-d — Write them, study them … Do not feel superior … Don’t gather riches — Deuteronomy 17:17-20 The king … shall not accumulate very much silver and gold. When [the king] is established on his royal throne, he must write […]

Shof’tim (Judges)

Deuteronomy 16:18 to 21:9 Moses continues to present the laws to the people. With only twenty verses in this week’s portion devoted to the subject of war. Moses shows how war can achieve its objectives while, at the same time, creating a more holy world. “You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in […]

R’eih – Torah In Haiku

Beef can be eaten

  Carnivores rejoice! … Eat meat to your heart’s content … G-d says it’s okay —- But first check the list … What’s allowed and forbidden … And don’t eat the blood —- The creation story in Genesis can be understood to allow only vegetarian diets, but after the flood G-d says it’s okay for […]

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: […]

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

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 […]

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 Sabbath Day. — […]

Va-et’channan (And I Pleaded)

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: […]

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