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. [...]

Vayeilech (And he went)

Vayeilech
Deuteronomy 31:1-30 In this week’s Torah reading Moses presents an idea that is designed to both establish faith in God and bring a knowledge of the law to the Israelites. “Moses went and spoke these things to all Israel…” (Deut.31:1) These are the opening words of the final address to the Israelites before they enter the [...]

Nitzavim (Standing)

Nitzavim
Deuteronomy 29:9 to 30:20 For the people who have turned away from God, Torah provides the process of Teshuvah – return to God – The process can apply to both the nation of Israel and the individual Jew. This week’s portion is always read the week before Rosh Hashanah. It features an extensive listing of [...]

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 [...]

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