Monthly Archives: July 2015

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

Happy Tu B’Av!  If you recall Tu Bishvat and Tisha B’Av, you should be able to figure out that Tu B’Av means “15th day of the month of Av,” which is today, July 31, 2015.  This mysterious little holiday has … Continue reading

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

The comments are from 2013, lightly edited.  Three reasons for the repetition:  1) I think it’s a good introduction to Deuteronomy.  2) I overslept this morning and still do not feel awake, despite its being midafternoon, and 3) Deuteronomy contains … Continue reading

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Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

With this double portion, we end the book of Numbers.  This is really the end of the Israelites’ journey as well, since Deuteronomy is Moses’ month-long valedictory.  Here, the Israelites continue to tie up loose ends and promote order over … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 -30:1)

This week’s Torah portion, Pinchas,  contains the aftermath of the story at the end of last week’s portion, which I deliberately left out; another census; a legal decision concerning when women can inherit; a baton passing; and the additional offerings … Continue reading

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Balak (Num. 22:2 – 25:9)

Balak is an odd Torah portion.  Except for the last 9 verses, it’s as if, now that we’re on the banks of the Jordan, we can stop for a bit of entertainment.  The Israelites aren’t even participants for three whole … Continue reading

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