Monthly Archives: September 2016

Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20)

Normally, the Shabbat service before the start of a new month includes a special blessing.  The exception: Tishrei, the month whose first day is Rosh Hashanah.  That’s because, what with a shofar blowing every weekday (I finally made a real … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

We are now well into the month of Elul.  At my shul, the white ark coverings are in place and the shofar is sounded every weekday morning.  We should be preparing mentally for the High Holy Days.  Part of that … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

First, a word about the haftarah.  A few weeks ago, instead of reading the third Haftarah of Consolation, my shul read the one for Rosh Chodesh Elul.  To get all 7 Haftarot of Consolation read before Rosh Hashanah, tomorrow we … Continue reading

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

Right now, BBC America is running a Star Trek marathon, all the episodes of the first two seasons, uncut, in order of air date, in honor of the television show’s 50th anniversary.  I remember watching those early episodes, often while … Continue reading

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

  In this week’s portion, we get into the legal details of Deuteronomy. The portion begins, “Look, I place before you today a blessing and a curse,” the blessing for obeying the laws and the curse for not obeying.  In … Continue reading

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