Monthly Archives: August 2016

Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

Since I will be on vacation when I would ordinarily send this out, I am rerunning the comments from 2007.  Different humor, though. The most familiar section of this week’s portion is Ch. 11:13-21, the second part of the Shema, … Continue reading

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

Last week, doom and destruction.  This week, comfort and love.  But first, the Torah reading. Moses segues into a heavy-duty discourse on laws and obedience thereto (sorry, I’m regressing a bit) by packaging his remarks in his audience’s history.  He … Continue reading

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

A new book.  Or is it?  Is it just a review, the Reader’s Digest or Cliffs Notes version of the preceding four? Deuteronomy is definitely different from the other books.  Many laws appear in it and not earlier in the … Continue reading

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Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

August has begun, and today is Rosh Chodesh Av, the first day of the month of Av.  Usually, both occasions made me a bit glum, especially the August part.  Summer was coming to an end and either I didn’t feel … Continue reading

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