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 [...]

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… [...]

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