Monthly Archives: July 2014

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

Words.  That is the Hebrew name of the final book of the Torah and of this portion: Devarim. In English, the book is Deuteronomy.  From etymologyonline.com, ‘Deuteronomy (n.)  5th book of the Pentateuch, late 14c., from Late Latin Deuteronomium, from Greek Deuteronomion, literally … Continue reading

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Mase’ei (Numbers 33:1 – 36:13)

First, a word on the haftarot for the next few months.  Unlike most of the rest of the year, these are determined by the calendar, not the Torah portion.  The haftarah this week is Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4 . {That’s for … Continue reading

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Mattot (Numbers 30:2 – 32:42)

We are getting closer to the end of the Israelites’ journey and are in tying-up-loose-ends mode.  This portion contains three chapters of Numbers: Ch.30 (all but one verse), Ch. 31, and Ch.32.  First, we read instructions regarding vows and how … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 -30:1)

Remember all those times I noted here that we would be reading a portion from an additional scroll having to do with sacrifices?  They’re all here! Instructions for the daily sacrifices and those for the Sabbath, Rosh Hodesh, Pesach, Shavuot, … Continue reading

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Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)

While looking for this week’s jokes, I saw a description of Balak, King of Moab, as “a few noodles short of a kugel.”  Not very bright.  He’s in a panic after hearing about the Israelites’ recent, nearby military victories, and … Continue reading

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Chukkat-Balak D’var Torah – July 8, 2006

            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 … Continue reading

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