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Ki Teitzei – Torah In Haiku

Ki Teitzie

  Defiant children? … Torah calls on the neighbors … To help reign them in — Deuteronomy 21:18-21 If a man has a wayward and defiant son, who does not heed his father or mother and does not obey them even after they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and […]

Shof’tim – Torah In Haiku

Don’t judge unfairly … Don’t show partiality … Don’t take any bribes — Deuteronomy 16:18-19 You shall appoint judges and officials for your tribes, in all the settlements that Adonai your God is giving you, and they shall govern the people with due justice. You shall not judge unfairly: you shall show no partiality; you […]

R’eih – Torah In Haiku

R'eih'

Do not add to them … And don’t take away from them … Adonai’s commands — לא תסף עליו ולא תגרע ממנו מצות אדוני Deuteronomy 13:1 Be careful to observe only that which I enjoin upon you: neither add to it nor take away from it. For Reform (and other theologically liberal) Jews, this verse […]

Eikev – Torah in Haiku

Eikev – Torah in Haiku

Give thanks to your God … When you have eaten your fill … Birkat Hamazon — Deuteronomy 8:10 When you have eaten your fill, give thanks to Adonai your God for the good land which has been given you. In Eikev we are commanded to give thanks for God’s bounty. This verse is part of […]

Va-et’chanan – Torah in H...

Va-et’chanan – Torah in Haiku

​ Doing commandments… It’s only part of our task… We must study, too — Before reciting the Ten Commandments in this week’s portion, Moses tells the people, “Hear, O Israel, the laws and rules that I proclaim to you this day. Study them and observe them faithfully!”‘ (Deuteronomy 5:1) Should we do and then learn, […]

Korach – Torah In Haiku

God’s angry – again … Moses and Aaron speak up … “Spare the innocent” — God relents – again … “I’ll punish the sinners, but … Spare the innocent” — Numbers 16:20-23 God spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “Stand back from this community that I may annihilate them in an instant!” But they fell […]

Sh’lach L’cha-Haiku

Kol Nidre worship … Includes several verses … From this week’s portion — The evening worship service for Yom Kippur is called Kol Nidre, named for the well known prayer with which the service begins. After the Kol Nidre prayer is chanted, the following verses from this week’s Torah portion are recited: Numbers 14:19-20 “Pardon, […]

B’haalot’cha-Haiku

  Moses gets God’s help … The people suffer God’s wrath … The difference? One word. —  This week’s portion is full of complaints. The people complain, “If only we had meat to eat!” (Numbers 11:4). Moses complains, “I cannot carry all this people by myself … If You would deal thus with me, kill […]

Sh’mini – Torah In Haiku

Sh'mini

Hasenpfeffer? TREIF … BUT CHOCOLATE COVERED CRICKETS?  POSSIBLY KOSHER — Leviticus 11:2-3,6 These are the creatures that you may eat from among all the land animals: any animal that has true hoofs, with clefts through the hoofs, and that chews the cud, such you may eat … the hare, although it chews the cud, it […]

Tzav – Torah in Haiku

Tzav

  SEEKING HOLINESS? … SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE … SEEKING HOLINESS —   This week’s haiku was inspired by “The Holy Touch”, Anita Silvert’s post this week on her blog, Jewish Gems. When you associate with people whose outlook on life whose actions and speech find the holiness in life, then you will tend to […]

Vayikra – Torah In Haiku

Vaykkra

  A TINY ALEPH … TEACHES US TO FIND MEANING … IN LIFE’S CHANCE EVENTS —–   The first word of our portion – the first word of the Book of Leviticus – is written with a small aleph as shown in the image accompanying this post. One explanation for this scribal oddity can be […]

P’kudei – Torah In Haiku

P'kudei

Mishkan completed … A cloud settled upon it … The Glory of God — Exodus 40:34 The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory of God filled the Tabernacle. This week’s reading is the final portion in the Book of Exodus. חזק חזק ונתחזק – Chazak, chazak, v’nitchzek The Torah In Haiku Ed Nickow www.thetorahinhaiku.com […]

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