Tag Archives: Deuteronomy

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

 [Comments partly derived from 2009 TPH]. I love words.  I love their rhythm, their music, how they evolve, how they feel in my mouth.  I occasionally make a point of memorizing bits of text I find particularly vivid, from sources … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach, 7th & 8th days of Pesach

My last boss at DuPont told me he had been president of a Jewish fraternity in college, even though he wasn’t Jewish.  However, he didn’t realize that Pesach lasts more than the first two days.  No, I don’t know the … 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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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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