Posts tagged Repentance

Haazinu (Listen)

Haazinu

Deuteronomy 32:1-32 God gives Moses a song/poem to be read to the people. It recounts Israel’s past emphasizing the help of the Eternal. Then, it foretells the future consequences when the people stray from worship of God. In last week’s text we read that Moses gave the Israelites two documents that were to be read […]

Nitzavim (Standing)

Nitzavim

Deuteronomy 29:9 to 30:20 As they are about to enter the Promised Land, Moses prophesizes that the people will stray from God’s way and be expelled from the land. But, through tshuvah – repentance – they will regain God’s love and return to the Promised Land. The title of this week’s parsha, Nitzavim (standing), refers […]

Tzav (Command)

Tzav

Leviticus 6:1 to 8:36 In Biblical times, wrongful acts (sins) were forgiven through animal sacrifices. After the Temple’s destruction, prayer replaced the sacrifices. But, how does prayer forgive sin? This week’s Torah reading gives added details regarding the ritual animal sacrifices as the Eternal speaks to Moses about the “commands” on how Aaron and his […]

Haazinu (Listen)

Tomb or Abraham and Sarah

Deuteronomy 32:1-52 On Shabbat Shuvah we read the words of Moses telling the people that, in the future, they will stray from God and be punished. But, ultimately they will return to God who will restore Israel’s land and inflict vengeance on Israel’s foes. It is no accident that this portion is read during the […]

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