Monthly archives for July, 2015

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Tirzah. They stood before Moses, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chukat – Torah In Haiku

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 […]

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