Monthly archives for September, 2014

Haazinu (Listen)

Tomb or Abraham and Sarah

Deuteronomy 32:1-52 On Shabbat Shuvah we read the words of Moses telling the people that, in the future, they will stray from God and be punished. But, ultimately they will return to God who will restore Israel’s land and inflict vengeance on Israel’s foes. It is no accident that this portion is read during the […]

Nitzavim/Vayeilech – Torah in H...

Rosh Hashanah nears … Torah tells us we will stray … But we can return — Moses warns the people that future generations will suffer punishment “because they have forsaken the covenant” (Deuteronomy 29:24). But he assures them that “you shall call [the blessing and the curse] to mind … and shall return to Adonai […]

Nitzavim (Standing)

choose LIFE

Deuteronomy 29:9 to 30:20 Moses makes his final appeal to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. His instruction – Choose Life! – by loving God … following God’s way … following God’s commandments … How is this done? Following are the words Moses uses as he begins his short, Final Appeal to the […]

Ki Tavo – Torah in Haiku

Knesset Memorah

AFTER 40 YEARS … HEARTS KNOW, EYES SEE AND EARS HEAR … WHAT G-D DID FOR US — Deuteronomy 29:1-3 Moses summoned all Israel, and said to them: You have seen all that G-d did in Egypt before your very eyes, to Pharaoh, to all his servants, and to all his land. Your own eyes […]

Ki Tavo (When you enter)

Moses and people holding Torah

Deuteronomy 26:1 to 29:8 As we near the end of the yearly Torah cycle, we read the comments of Moses emphasizing two major lessons of Torah… Then, to these comments we add an interpretation from Talmud on the proper way to study Torah. Ki Tavo presents the end of Moses’ third discourse to the people […]

Ki Teitzei – Torah in Haiku

Promises made

Don’t make promises … Unless ready to keep them … Your word is your bond — Deuteronomy 23:22-24 When you make a pledge to G-d, do not be late in paying it, since G-d will then demand it, and you will have committed a sin. If you refrain from making vows completely, then you will […]

Ki Teitzei (When you go out)

Laws of Torah

Deuteronomy 21:10 to 25:19 The reading of Ki Teitzei contains 72 mitzvot or laws, more than any other portion of Torah. These laws are considered special because they go beyond an attempt to just keep law and order… they are designed to help create the “holy community” envisioned by Torah. “When you [an Israelite warrior] […]

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