Monthly Archives: July 2013

Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

Have you ever wondered what “frontlets” are? Or “phylacteries”?  That’s what tefillin are called in English.  Since we read the second paragraph of the Shema in this week’s portion (11:13-21), I thought I’d finally look up the etymology: Source: Online … Continue reading

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

Throughout Deuteronomy, Moses uses a variety of approaches to connect with the Children of Israel to prepare them for their new life in the Promised Land:  lecturing, cajoling, warning, singing – whatever works.  He uses himself as an object lesson: … Continue reading

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

Over the course of the next few days, we will start reading the book of Deuteronomy; mark a special Sabbath by a special haftarah chanted to the melody used for the book of Lamentations; and, starting Monday night, observe Tisha … Continue reading

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Torah Portion Humor – Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

First, the answer to last week’s BONUS question: The haftarah verse found in the liturgy is Jeremiah 2:2, which is one of the Zichronot (Remembrance) Verses in the Musaf service on Rosh Hashanah. This double portion ends the book of … Continue reading

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