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T’rumah (Offerings)

T'rumah

Exodus 25:1 to 27:19 – The Eternal has made a covenant with the Israelites… After presenting the laws that must be followed, the Eternal asks the Israelites to create a Tabernacle, a place where God can dwell among the people. Both are designed to bring the people closer to God. In Genesis, God created the universe […]

Mishpatim (Rules or Laws)

Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1 to 24:18 – Moses is given the rules, laws, and ordinances that will shape and define the Israelite nation. This week there is a great change in the format of Torah content. Since Genesis we have read about the dramatic, four generation story of a family that worshiped the Eternal (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and […]

Yitro (Father-in-law of Moses)

Yitro - Ten Commandments

Exodus 18-1 to 20:11 – Moses received the Ten Commandments and the Israelites promised to follow these commandments. Talmud re-interprets the second commandment providing added meaning to how we should follow God and Torah’s commandments. The book of Exodus, and maybe even Torah itself, reaches a climax with this week’s reading. Before all of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ki Teitzei (When you go out)

Ki Teitzei

Deuteronomy 21:10 to 25:19 Torah is said to contain 613 mitzvot or commandments, 72 appear in this week’s text. A central theme emerges stating that an individual should rise above self-interest and care about the well-being of others in the community. The week the parsha contains the “nuts and bolts” of Jewish practice…. We read […]

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 […]

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 […]

R’eih (See)

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 […]

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 […]

Eikev (Because or Results)

Eikev

Deuteronomy 7:12 to 11:25 Moses tells the Israelites that they are about to enter a land of plenty. But, they must always remember that success in the land is a result of the partnership including their efforts and the resources God has provided. Both are needed for success. This week’s text continues the second address […]

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