Tag Archives: haftarot of consolation

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

It’s August.  For me, this year, that means TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars,” with each day in August devoted to a single actor (today, Lon Chaney); going away on vacation; reviewing elementary Attic Greek and starting on Mendelsohn’s Elijah in … Continue reading

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

Normally, the Shabbat service before the start of a new month includes a special blessing.  The exception: Tishrei, the month whose first day is Rosh Hashanah.  That’s because, what with a shofar blowing every weekday (I finally made a real … 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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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

I am coming down with a cold.  I find it difficult to think clearly when having post-nasal drip.  So I have quoted from past comments to a greater degree than usual below.  But it’s still good reading, IMO. This week’s … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

First, a few words about the haftarot we’ve been reading, the seven Haftarot of Consolation between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Hashanah.  The 14th c. sage Rabbi David Abudarham described the seven as a dialogue (see Nehama Leibowitz, Studies in Devarim, … Continue reading

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

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 31, 2015.  This mysterious little holiday has … Continue reading

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