Monthly Archives: August 2011

Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

Life in Wilmington, DE is usually pretty uneventful.  Then, a week ago Tuesday, we had a real tornado scare.  A week after that came the earthquake.  Now, Hurricane Irene is barrelling up the east coast.  The last time there was … Continue reading

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Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

  [Remember, the jokes follow the commentary] Moses continues to instruct the Israelites in this week’s portion, trying to reassure them and help them develop a self-confidence that does not cross over into smugness.  They will be able to dislodge … Continue reading

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

In this week’s portion, Moses is trying to connect with the new generation of Israelites.  His stories of the incomparable miracles of the Exodus and Mt. Sinai grab their attention.  “(H)as anything as grand as this ever happened, or has … Continue reading

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

I love words.  I’m sick of words.  I drown in words all day and get tripped up by pipsqueak patent examiners who insist what I wrote is not what I wrote.  But I love wordplay.  I am easily amused by … Continue reading

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