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

I used to find August depressing.  When I was a teenager, August meant summer was ending, and I always felt I’d wasted it.  In grad school, it meant yet another year that I wasn’t finished (Progress toward a doctorate in … Continue reading

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

Throughout Deuteronomy, Moses uses a variety of approaches to connect with the Children of Israel to prepare them for their new life in the Promised Land:  lecturing, cajoling, warning, singing – whatever works.  He uses himself as an object lesson: … Continue reading

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