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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

At first blush, Parashat Eikev seems to be just more of the same: obey=reward, disobey=punishment.  There are consequences to actions.  But mechanical obedience isn’t enough, not by a long shot. Moses tells the Israelites they can have a wonderful future, … Continue reading

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

This week: a little holiday about love, the 10 Commandments redux, the Shema (pay attention!), and comfort. Tu B’Av (the 15th of Av, this year August 15-16) is a minor holiday that dates at least from Second Temple period (516 … Continue reading

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

Comments are both current and, as indicated, from 2014, very lightly edited.  My plan to write all new comments was derailed by my husband’s appendectomy yesterday morning. It was all incredibly efficient. The total time from onset of symptoms for … Continue reading

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Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30:2- 36:13)

It’s August.  I am grouchy.  People in our increasingly mean and cruel government continue to get away with ignoring subpoenas and court orders and even their own rules, destroying the hopes of refugees, scarring children emotionally for life, breaking the … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 -30:1)

(Comments from 2016) The ancient rabbis did not like vigilantism.  We see that in the story of Pinchas, the grandson of Aaron who skewers Cozbi (the Midianite princess) and Zimri (a chieftain of the tribe of Shimon), putting an abrupt … Continue reading

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Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)

What on earth? We’ve just read that the Israelites are finally across the Jordan from the Promised Land.  Now we get a story full of slapstick, including a talking donkey, with no Israelites taking an active part until the last … Continue reading

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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

87 verses of water, purity, and death, ending on a decided upbeat. From 2013: At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, the Israelites are about two years into their 40-year trek.  At the end of the portion, it’s 38 … Continue reading

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