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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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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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Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20)

We are nearing the end of 5778, the Israelites’ journey, and our annual Torah reading.  Nitzavim has only 40 verses.  Its key points: 1) Everyone is entering into the covenant – men, women, children. 2) Obeying the Law is each … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

(largely built from 2015’s and 2016’s comments) Last week: an overall vision of a just and compassionate society and a framework within which it can be carried out.  The Israelites were commanded to pursue justice and sweep away evil.  This … Continue reading

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

Comments are from 2015 and 2011: (2015) Happy Tu B’Av!  If you recall Tu Bishvat and Tisha B’Av, you should be able to figure out that Tu B’Av means “15th day of the month of Av,” which is today, July … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

Do Pinchas and our current president have any characteristics in common, such as  operating outside regular channels and being chosen by God?   This idea came up last week at services and was relayed to me by my husband (I was … Continue reading

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

This is a time of transition on many fronts.  School has started.  The leaves are starting to fall.  At Selichot services tomorrow night, special penitential prayers and poems (selichot) will be chanted in High Holy Day mode as we the … Continue reading

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