Monthly Archives: August 2012

Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

  Sometimes I don’t know which annoys me more: being engulfed by all the lies and hypocrisy and posturing of the circus that is our never-ending presidential campaign, or having to spend my days contending with the picayune details of … Continue reading

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

It’s the month of Elul, and this week we read the fourth of the seven Haftarot of Consolation, both of which mean Rosh Hashanah will be here in a few weeks.  During Elul, the shofar is sounded after weekday morning … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9-15)

This week, we cut back on the philosophical exhortations a tad. The Lord begins bluntly: “Look, I place before you (singular) today a blessing and a curse,” a blessing if you (plural) obeying the laws and a curse if you … Continue reading

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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

In this week’s portion, Moses continues to encourage and reassure the Israelites, while simultaneously reminding them that their wonderful future is not a result of their own wonderfulness. They will not be “self-made” men and women, though their own efforts … Continue reading

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

Well, last Saturday’s assignments went well, though larger print for Eichah would have been nice. But this evening, I seem to be having a brain freeze, which probably will take the next few days to thaw. So, I am taking … Continue reading

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