Monthly Archives: August 2014

Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

No matter what your encouraging teachers told you, there are indeed stupid questions.  Examples from Yahoo Answers, compiled by BuzzFeed: “I know it’s bad to look at the sun, but what if I took a picture of it with my … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

Yes, I know it’s only Sunday, but I will be away, so I thought I’d send this out now.  I am also in my usual pre-vacation transition state, toward the end of taking care of all the little details (my … Continue reading

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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

In this week’s portion, Eikev, Moses assures the Israelites that they can have a wonderful future, partly from the innate fertility and richness therein and partly by their own efforts.  They will eat and be satisfied.  But this is contingent … Continue reading

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

I used to find August depressing.  When I was a teenager, August meant summer was ending, and I always felt I’d wasted it.  In grad school, it meant yet another year that I wasn’t finished (Progress toward a doctorate in … Continue reading

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