Monthly Archives: August 2013

Nitzavim-Vayeilekh (Deut. 29:9-31:30)

We are coming to the end of the year 5773 as the Israelites come to the end of their 40-year journey.  The first part of this double portion, Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20), appropriately contains 40 verses, which in Hebrew numerology (gematria) … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

I used to find August generally depressing (not entirely, my wedding anniversary being on the 14th).  When I was in school, there was always a sense of missed opportunity, that I had wasted all that lovely, free time.  Later, added … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

Last week, justice.  This week, law. Some laws lead to justice, some to injustice, and most to more laws. There several dozen laws in this week’s portion, described in the Etz Hayim edition of the Torah as “Miscellaneous Laws.”  These … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

We spend a lot of emotional energy deciding what’s fair, complaining about unfairness, and listening to others’ complaints about perceived unfairness, especially if you are a parent or teacher.  We usually do not bother to define fairness, believing it to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

First, the answer to the bonus question of two weeks ago: BONUS QUESTION: In addition to verses 6:4-9, what verse in this week’s portion is part of the Torah service? ANSWER: Deut. 4:4: And you, who held fast to the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment