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V’zot Hab’rachah (And thi...

V'zot Hab'rahah

Deuteronomy 33:1 to 34:12 The last chapters of Torah relate Moses’ blessing to the people and tell of his death. (Picture to right -Simhat Torah Flag – France, 1930) This week we are celebrating Sukkot. During this seven day celebration, each day has its own reading. The text for Saturday, October 22 is Deuteronomy 14:22 […]

Haazinu (Give ear … Listen)

Haazinu

Deuteronomy 32:1-52 Moses looks at the traits of the Israelites and predicts a future…. In a recent book by author Marjorie Ingall she looks at today’s Jews and sees a different future. This week’s reading, often called the Song of Moses, takes the form of a “song” or poem presented by Moses to the Israelites. […]

Ki Tavo (When you enter)

Ki Tavo

Deuteronomy 26:1 to 29:8 In concluding his Third Discourse to the Israelites, Moses tells them to hear and pay attention to his words. Rabbi Kook extends this command to a discussion of how to best study Torah. In this week’s text, Moses is concluding his third discourse to the people before they enter the Promised […]

Shof’tim (Judges)

Shof'tim

Deuteronomy 16:18 to 21:9 Moses addresses the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. He presents a plan for the set-up of the government and some of its policies including ideas regarding ecology and its role in warfare. Moses realizes that, for success, the Israelites must have a strong government that serves all the people… […]

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 […]

D’varim (Words)

D'varim -words

Deuteronomy 1:1 to 3:22 A new book of Torah begins. The book is composed of the addresses Moses makes to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. This week we begin a new book of Torah. As with all the other books, it is known by both the Hebrew name, D’varim, which is translated […]

Chukat (Law)

Chukat

Numbers 19:1 to 22:1 Thirty-eight years have passed since last week’s parsha. A lot has changed. Most of the Israelites who left Egypt have died. The deaths of Miriam and Aaron are told in the text. Moses learns he will not enter the Promised Land. This week’s parsha begins with a detailed discussion of the […]

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 (Send for yourself)

Sh'lach L'cha

Numbers 13:11 to 15:41 More kvetching … The Israelites want a new leader to take them back to Egypt – out of the desert. God is angered and responds with a commandment for all future generations. This is the second week we read from the parshot I have titled The Book of Kvetch… successive parshot […]

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 […]

B’haalot’cha (When you put up)

B'haalot'cha

Numbers 8:1 to 12:16 The Israelites are full of complaints. We learn about the people’s desire for a greater variety of food and Miriam’s complaints against Moses. Additional complaints will follow in future text. This week’s text can be divided into three differing sections: First, a continuation of laws for the community… The second section, […]

Vayak’heil – Haiku In Tor...

Vayak'heil

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 www.thetorahinhaiku.com

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