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B‘midbar (In the Wilderness)

B'midbar -In the Wilderness

Numbers 1:1 to 4:20 B’midbar – Numbers … two meaningful titles for the fourth book of Torah. Each name presents a different aspect of this text. Again, both the English and Hebrew titles tell us a great deal about the future content. Numbers – The parsha we read this week begins with a census of […]

Mishpatim (Laws)

Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1 to 24:18 God gave Moses 613 laws. ordinances and rules for the Israelites to observe. All the people said “All these things we will do!” But can the people comply with all the laws? The Reform Jewish Movement has an answer. Last week we read about the Israelites receiving the Ten Commandments. In […]

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.” […]

Mishpatim – Torah In Haiku

Do this. Don’t do that … Last week, ten broad commandments … This week, some details — Last week we read about receiving the Ten Commandments amidst fire, clouds and thunder at Sinai. Still at the mountain, the Israelites are now presented with a list of 53 more detailed laws – the name of the […]

Mishpatim (Rules)

Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1 to 24:15 Torah presents 613 laws. The purpose of most is clear. However, many seem dated or have no practical purpose. How are we to view and practice these laws? In last week’s text the Israelite people received the Ten Commandments. The parsha ended with God speaking to Moses: “Thus shall you say […]

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] […]

Shof’tim (Judges)

Deuteronomy 16:18 to 21:9 Moses continues to present the laws to the people. With only twenty verses in this week’s portion devoted to the subject of war. Moses shows how war can achieve its objectives while, at the same time, creating a more holy world. “You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in […]

Va-et’channan (And I Pleaded)

Deuteronomy 3:23 to 7:11 After being told by God he will never enter the Promised Land, Moses speaks to the Israelites about the Laws of the Eternal. He states that “nothing can be added or subtracted” … But, does he contradict himself later in the text? “I pleaded with the Eternal at the time, saying: […]

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