Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ekev (Deut. 7:12 – 11:25)

This week we read the second Haftarah of Consolation, Isaiah 49:14-51:3.  Fittingly, it contains text consoling and comforting Israel, reminding her that the Lord has not forgotten her. In this week’s portion, Moses expands on his description of the life … Continue reading

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Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11), Shabbat Nachamu

This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Nachamu, after the beginning of the haftarah, Isaiah 40:1-26: “Nachamu, nachamu ami”  (Comfort, comfort my people), a command to the prophets which also shows up in Handel’s Messiah.  It is the first of seven … Continue reading

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Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), Shabbat Chazon, Tisha B’Av

This week: New book, old stories. It is now the beginning of the eleventh month of the fortieth year.  The book of Deuteronomy (from the Greek for “second law,” I believe) is known in Hebrew as Devarim, “words” and there … Continue reading

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Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

This week, we reach the end of the book of Numbers via a double portion, Mattot-Mase’ei.  Mattot (Numbers 30:2-32:42) is made up of three parts, about a chapter each.  The first recites laws concerning vows.  For men, this takes up … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

Addendum to the June 11 weekly on Korach: Stanley sent me the following article (Thanks!).                 Maslow’s Pyramid Gets a Makeover http://www.truth-out.org/maslow%E2%80%99s-pyramid-gets-a-makeover60809 Apparently, the pyramid is considered by some to be passe ————————- … Continue reading

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