Monthly archives for August, 2015

Ki Teitzei (When you go out)

Ki Teitzei

Deuteronomy 21:10 to 25:19 This week’s text presents 72 commandments for the Israelites to follow as they enter the Promised Land. For modern man, they shape the world that God desires…. But, how should we treat those laws we don’t understand? Last week we read about Justice. Torah tells us “justice, justice you shall pursue.” […]

Shoftim – Torah In Haiku


Laws about warfare … Include some rules to tell us … Who should wait to serve — You’ve bought a new house … But are waiting to move in? … You should wait to serve — Planted a vineyard … Which has not been harvested? … You should wait to serve — You’ve gotten engaged […]

Shof’tim (Judges or Magistrates)


Deuteronomy 16:18 to 21:9 Torah tells us that to obtain true justice we must pursue ‘Justice, Justice.” Talmud explains the double “justice” as (first) the law of Torah, and (second) compromise to create a law that fits the real world. “You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in all the settlements that the […]

R’eih – Torah In Haiku


First generation … After slave generation … Gets troublesome rules — Moses continues his instructions to the people as they prepare to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land. One particular commandment – and this isn’t the only place it appears – is quite troublesome: Deuteronomy 12:2-3 You must destroy all the sites […]

R’eih (See)


Deuteronomy 11:26 to 16:17 Torah tells us that giving charity is an obligation for all. Who shall receive this charity and how much should be given? In this week’s text Moses continues his discourses to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. He focuses on the laws and commandments they must follow in the […]

Eikev – Torah In Haiku

  It sounds familiar … Almost like V’ehavta … But something’s different — Last week’s portion included these words, which are part of V’ehavta: Deuteronomy 6:5-9 You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words which I command you this day shall […]

Eikev (Because)


Deuteronomy 7:12 to 11:25 Moses tells the Isrealites that they are about to enter a land with all the resources they will need. But, they must remember all that God has done for them and that their future riches would not be possible without the assistance of the Eternal. Continuing his discourses to the Isrealites […]

Va-et’chanan – Torah In H...

God spoke from the fire … Sounds were heard, but no shape seen … Nothing but a voice — Deuteronomy 4:12 God spoke to you out of the fire; you heard the sound of words but perceived no shape – nothing but a voice. As he prepares to recite the Ten Commandments to the Israelites, […]

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