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R’eih – Torah In Haiku

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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 […]

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R'eih

Deuteronomy 11:26 to 16:17 Moses worries that the people will stray from the Eternal and worship other gods. Today, the problem of intermarriage and a fear of a declining Jewish population still exists. While Moses suggests death to the unfaithful, we must look for more civil solutions. The following words begin Moses’ Third Discourse to […]

R’eih – Torah In Haiku

R'eih

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 […]

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R''eih

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 […]

R’eih – Torah In Haiku

Beef can be eaten

  Carnivores rejoice! … Eat meat to your heart’s content … G-d says it’s okay —- But first check the list … What’s allowed and forbidden … And don’t eat the blood —- The creation story in Genesis can be understood to allow only vegetarian diets, but after the flood G-d says it’s okay for […]

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Justice

Deuteronomy 11:26 to 16:17 Moses presents a lengthy list of laws to the people. Many of the laws involved the death penalty for crimes where the sentence was rarely, if ever, carried out. Why weren’t these punishments given? Why are they even specified in Torah? “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse: […]

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