Monthly Archives: September 2014

Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat Shuvah, Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-32:52)

Welcome to the 16th year of Torah Portion Humor!  WOOHOO!!! On the day after Labor Day, on the way to my first fall class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, I experienced a feeling I think I last had in … Continue reading

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

This week, I saw a 1952 Japanese film called “Ikuru” ((生きる, “To Live”), directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa.  The protagonist, Kanji Watanabe, upon learning that he has stomach cancer and only several months to live, suddenly realizes that he … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

As we head down the home stretch of the year 5774, this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, shows Moses continuing to exhort the Israelites about how to behave in the future, aware that his own tie with them is coming … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

I’m not sure why, but I’m having trouble focusing on the Torah portion, Ki Tetse, this morning.  So I looked back at what I’ve written over the years about it and pretty much combined comments from 2007 and 2009: The … Continue reading

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