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

We are now starting the fifth and final book of the Torah, Deuteronomy, from the Greek, Deuteronomion, literally “second law”.  In Hebrew, it is known as Devarim, דברים, “words.”  Words are such slippery things.  This past week, we were told that … Continue reading

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

A new book.  Or is it?  Is it just a review, the Reader’s Digest or Cliffs Notes version of the preceding four? Deuteronomy is definitely different from the other books.  Many laws appear in it and not earlier in the … Continue reading

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

The comments are from 2013, lightly edited.  Three reasons for the repetition:  1) I think it’s a good introduction to Deuteronomy.  2) I overslept this morning and still do not feel awake, despite its being midafternoon, and 3) Deuteronomy contains … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat Shuvah, Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-32:52)

Welcome to the 16th year of Torah Portion Humor!  WOOHOO!!! On the day after Labor Day, on the way to my first fall class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, I experienced a feeling I think I last had in … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

As we head down the home stretch of the year 5774, this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, shows Moses continuing to exhort the Israelites about how to behave in the future, aware that his own tie with them is coming … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

I’m not sure why, but I’m having trouble focusing on the Torah portion, Ki Tetse, this morning.  So I looked back at what I’ve written over the years about it and pretty much combined comments from 2007 and 2009: The … Continue reading

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

No matter what your encouraging teachers told you, there are indeed stupid questions.  Examples from Yahoo Answers, compiled by BuzzFeed: “I know it’s bad to look at the sun, but what if I took a picture of it with my … 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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