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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

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

Words.  That is the Hebrew name of the final book of the Torah and of this portion: Devarim. In English, the book is Deuteronomy.  From etymologyonline.com, ‘Deuteronomy (n.)  5th book of the Pentateuch, late 14c., from Late Latin Deuteronomium, from Greek Deuteronomion, literally … Continue reading

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

Over the course of the next few days, we will start reading the book of Deuteronomy; mark a special Sabbath by a special haftarah chanted to the melody used for the book of Lamentations; and, starting Monday night, observe Tisha … Continue reading

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