Tag Archives: obedience

Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Numbers 28:9-15)

The majority of the laws in Deuteronomy are in the next three weeks’ Torah portions, starting with Chapter 12: “These are the laws and rules that you must carefully observe in the land that the LORD, God of your fathers, … Continue reading

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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

At first blush, Parashat Eikev seems to be just more of the same: obey=reward, disobey=punishment.  There are consequences to actions.  But mechanical obedience isn’t enough, not by a long shot. Moses tells the Israelites they can have a wonderful future, … 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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Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11), Shabbat Nachamu

Last week, doom and destruction.  This week, comfort and love.  But first, the Torah reading. Moses segues into a heavy-duty discourse on laws and obedience thereto (sorry, I’m regressing a bit) by packaging his remarks in his audience’s history.  He … Continue reading

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Behukkotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)

Today’s item is in memory of Michael Quah, my first lab partner at DuPont.  His technical, literary, verbal, and business capabilities were formidable.  Though he left the company many years before I did, the wonders of electronic communication, especially Facebook, … Continue reading

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Behukkotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)

With this week’s Torah portion, we finish the book of Leviticus (stop cheering – some folks think the next book, Numbers, is a real downer).  The portion starts with eleven verses of blessings (26:3-13) that the Israelites will enjoy if … Continue reading

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