Tag Archives: haftarot of consolation

Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

I am in a good mood.  It was such a lovely day today and likely will be tomorrow as well.  And before class, I had a scoop of delicious ice cream (French Vanilla flavored ice cream with bittersweet chocolate chunks … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

Last week, we learned about pursuing justice to create a compassionate society.  This week, we read about 6 dozen laws that are meant to enable us to do that. The U.S. is not a theocracy.  However, I do get annoyed … Continue reading

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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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