Monthly Archives: August 2015

Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

First, a few words about the haftarot we’ve been reading, the seven Haftarot of Consolation between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Hashanah.  The 14th c. sage Rabbi David Abudarham described the seven as a dialogue (see Nehama Leibowitz, Studies in Devarim, … Continue reading

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

This week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, is about justice and setting up a legal system by which to obtain it.  Almost immediately, we read, tzedek tzedek tirdof l’maan tichyeh – justice, justice pursue, that you may live (Deut. 16:20).  While there … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Numbers 28:9-15)

  This week’s and the next two weeks’ Torah portions contain the bulk of the laws in Deuteronomy.  The overall theme in Re’eh is summarized in the first few verses, 11:26-28: 26 See, this day I set before you a blessing … Continue reading

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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

First, last week’s quick quiz: What are two other Sabbaths (besides Shabbat Nachamu) named after a haftarah? Answer:  Shabbat Chazon and Shabbat Shuvah.  And which 7 verses of the haftarah appear in Handel’s Messiah?  Answer: Isaiah 40: 1-4, 5, 9, … Continue reading

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