Tag Archives: Joshua

V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12), Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah

The holiday season is actually drawing to a close, but there are still a couple of special days to get through. The seventh and last day of Sukkot is known as Hoshana Rabbah (“Great Hoshana/Supplication”). It’s your last opportunity to … Continue reading

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Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41)

Spies. The Spy in Black (1939), Private Detective 62 (1933), Mata Hari (1932), British Agent (1934), Operator 13 (1934), Our Man in Marrakesh (1966), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and North by Northwest (1959).  I guess Thursday was Spy Day at … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 -30:1)

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 halt to the … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

This week: disaster.  Moses very publicly sends 12 chieftains into the Promised Land on a fact-finding mission concerning the people (strong or weak? few or many?), the country (good or bad?), towns (open or fortified?), and the land itself (rich … Continue reading

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First Two Days of Pesach

I realize you are more likely to be recovering from the sedarim, either from preparation or overindulging, this Saturday and Sunday morning.  Are you really interested in a discourse on the Torah readings for tomorrow and Sunday?  Me neither.  But … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12)

We’re heading down the home stretch, both of the holiday season and of the annual Torah reading.  We have four, count ‘em, four, (except three for Reform) consecutive special days.  On Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, the first Torah reading is … Continue reading

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Vayeilekh (Deut. 31:1-30), Shabbat Shuvah

Only 30 verses this week.  Piece of cake for the Torah reader.  In Vayeilekh, Moses tries to provide for a smooth transition for the Israelites now that he will be leaving them and they will be crossing the Jordan into … Continue reading

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