Posts in category Torah-Haiku

Vayak’heil – Haiku In Tor...


GOD’S PRIORITIES … LET’S BUILD THE TABERNACLE … BUT FIRST, SHABBAT REST — This week’s portion is almost entirely concerned with the building of the Tabernacle. But it begins with the commandment to rest on Shabbat.   The Torah In Haiku Ed Nickow

Ki Tisa – Torah In Haiku

MOSES, RADIANT … AFTER EXPERIENCING … THE PRESENCE OF GOD —     Moses returned to the mountain after the Golden Calf incident. As Rabbi Beth Kalisch writes in this week’s Ten Minutes of Torah, he had the chutzpah to ask God, “Oh, let me behold Your Presence!” (Exodus 33:18). God didn’t completely grant Moses’s […]

T’rumah – Torah In Haiku

WHERE IS YOUR “MIKDASH”?… YOUR PLACE TO COMMUNE WITH GOD … IS IT PHYSICAL? — Exodus 25:8 And let them make Me a sanctuary (“mikdash”) that I may dwell among them (“b’tocham”) Some of our congregations have magnificent structures in which to gather. Others have more modest buildings, or rent space in a local school, […]

Mishpatim – Torah In Haiku


TO MEET THE DIVINE … MAKE SURE YOU’RE FULLY PRESENT … AVOID DISTRACTIONS — Exodus 24:12 God said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the teachings and commandments which I have inscribed to instruct them.” Every word of Torah is […]

Yitro – Torah In Haiku

4th Commandment

                            THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT … REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY … AND KEEP IT HOLY —   Parashah Yitro includes our first look at the Decalogue – “Ten Commandments” is not an accurate translation, although I took poetic license with this week’s haiku. […]

B’shalach-Torah In Haiku


  MOSES FULFILLS VOW … MADE BY B’NEI YISRAEL … JOSEPH LEAVES EGYPT —   A few weeks ago, in the closing verses of the Book of Genesis, we read about the promise made by B’nei Yisrael (the sons of Israel/Jacob) to their brother Joseph: Genesis 50:24-26 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about […]

Bo – Torah In Haiku

  A SIGN ON YOUR HAND … A SYMBOL BETWEEN YOUR EYES … TEFILLIN MITZVAH — As this week’s portion ends, we find two similar passages: Exodus 13:9 And this shall serve you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead —in order that the Teaching of God may be […]

Va-eira – Torah In Haiku


  MOSES SAYS TO GOD: … THE PEOPLE WOULD NOT LISTEN … S0 WHY SHOULD PHARAOH? —   Exodus 6:10-12 Adonai spoke to Moses, saying, “Go and tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites depart from his land.” But Moses appealed to God, saying, “The Israelites would not listen to me; how then […]

Sh’mot – Torah In Haiku


  THE INFANT MOSES … PLACED IN A BASKET BY MOM … SENT DOWN THE RIVER — MIRIAM WATCHES … GETS YOCHEVED SOME “MOM TIME” … WITH HER QUICK THINKING –—   Exodus 2:2-3 “The woman (Yocheved) conceived, and bore a son [and] … hid him for three months. When she could no longer hide […]

Va-y’chi – Torah In Haiku

  JACOB HOLDS GRUDGES … REUBEN, SIMEON, LEVI … ALL INCUR DAD’S WRATH — HE STILL PICKS FAVORITES … THE BROTHERS WILL PRAISE JUDAH … GOD WILL BLESS JOSEPH —   Chapter 49 of Genesis contains the final words of Jacob on his deathbed, with each son (except Simeon and Levi) addressed individually. Of particular […]

Vayigash – Torah In Haiku


  JACOB MEETS PHARAOH … TELLS HIM “MY YEARS HAVE BEEN FEW” … “MY LIVE HAS BEEN HARD” —   Genesis 47:8-9 Pharaoh asked Jacob, “How many are the years of your life?” And Jacob answered Pharaoh, “The years of my sojourn [on earth] are one hundred and thirty. Few and hard have been the […]

Mikeitz – Torah In Haiku

  FAMINE IN CANAAN … JACOB SENDS SONS TO EGYPT … TO PURCHASE SOME GRAIN — THE STAGE IS NOW SET … FOR FAMILY REUNION … JUST AS GOD PLANNED IT? —   Famine hits the region but, thanks to Joseph’s plan to store grain during the years of plenty, there is food in Egypt […]

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