Tag Archives: Deuteronomy

Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

I am happily preoccupied with the imminent wedding of our son Alan to his fiancée Sarah McKnight. I promise to post a picture next week. Consequently, comments are rerun from 2011, except for bits marked ‘2020.’ We are about halfway … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

As I consider this week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, I am getting really irritable. Shoftim is about justice, compassion, and building a caring society, as promoted and enforced by a framework of law.  In our country today, we have a so-called … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

Happy 43rd anniversary to my beloved husband Rich! Our Hebrew calendar anniversary is 1 Elul, a week from today, so maybe we’ll celebrate again.  Or just celebrate all week. This week: laws for life in the Promised Land, introduced thusly: … Continue reading

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

Tisha B’Av (9th day of the month of Av) has just ended. Like Yom Kippur, it is a fast day.  Otherwise, it is its opposite in tone.  Yom Kippur, the “white fast,” is solemn, marked by long services in packed synagogues, focusing … Continue reading

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Devarim (Deut. 1:1-3:22), Shabbat Chazon

You can take the Israelites out of Egypt, but can you take Egypt out of the Israelites? The last book of the Torah is basically a several-weeks-long speech by Moses. It is in three parts, according to Nachmanides: a reproof-filled … Continue reading

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Shavuot (Exod. 19:1-20:23, Num. 28:26-31, Deut. 14:22-16:17)

Shavuot (“weeks”) is one of the three harvest festivals, like Sukkot and Pesach, thus a major holiday. But it is often downplayed to the point of forgetfulness. It’s much shorter than its companion festivals, only 2 days long (1 for … Continue reading

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Pesach

I am not going to riff on the 4 Questions. We all know why this night (and the next and the next, etc.) is different from all other nights. Nor the 4 Sons/Children (wise/wicked/simple/doesn’t even know to ask a question). … Continue reading

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Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-52), Sukkot (Lev. 22:26 – 23:44; Numbers 29:12-16)

I’m zonked.  Comments are from 2016.  The current plan is for us to put up the sukkah tomorrow (Friday) and decorate Sunday.  All goes well, I’ll post pictures during the holiday.  One other note: The first day of Sukkot this … Continue reading

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Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20)

5779 is almost over.  The annual Torah reading will end and begin again a couple weeks after that.  Parashat Nitzavim is a pithy 40 verses, in which Moses summarizes what the Israelites must do: Choose life.  (30:19-20): “19 I call heaven … Continue reading

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