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

There are only 40 verses in this week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim.  Moses, nearing the end of his exhortations and his life, is concise and precise.  The text begins, Atem nitzavim hayom kulchem,”You are standing today, all of you” before the … Continue reading

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Nitzavim-Vayeilekh (Deut. 29:9-31:30)

This week, I saw a 1952 Japanese film called “Ikuru” ((生きる, “To Live”), directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa.  The protagonist, Kanji Watanabe, upon learning that he has stomach cancer and only several months to live, suddenly realizes that he … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

Yes, I know it’s only Sunday, but I will be away, so I thought I’d send this out now.  I am also in my usual pre-vacation transition state, toward the end of taking care of all the little details (my … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

First, the answer to the bonus question of two weeks ago: BONUS QUESTION: In addition to verses 6:4-9, what verse in this week’s portion is part of the Torah service? ANSWER: Deut. 4:4: And you, who held fast to the … Continue reading

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