Monthly Archives: July 2012

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

Somehow, I ended up accepting requests to chant three texts at two synagogues on one day, i.e., tomorrow.  My daughter (who has safely returned to Brooklyn after 13 months in Asia – Yay!) finds my occasional bursts of over-activity amusing, … Continue reading

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Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

I like to set aside vacation days so I can take Fridays off in the summer for a combination of miscellaneous errands, chores, and goofing off.  Kind of like this week’s double Torah portion, Mattot-Mase’ei.  This morning did not start … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

So how was Pinchas punished for the vigilantism we read about last week? He wasn’t. In fact, the Lord praises him for his zealotry, saying that the passion Pinchas showed prevented the Lord from (equally passionately) wiping out the Israelite … Continue reading

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Chukkat-Balak D’var Torah 5766

        I find the story of Bil’am, which we just read, confusing, which is why I decided to focus on part of it for today’s d’var Torah.  I don’t mean the part with the talking donkey, though there’s plenty of … Continue reading

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Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)

The last 9 verses of this week’s portion describe (yet another) incident of serious Israelite misbehavior .This is the incident at Baal Peor, where Israelite men are seduced spiritually and physically by the Moabites and Pinchas, Aaron’s grandson, then spears … Continue reading

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