Tag Archives: Shema

Eikev (Deut. 7:12 – 11:25)

The name of this week’s portion, “Eikev,” means “reward.”  In other words, all the good things that will happen to the Israelites in the Promised Land  – fertility, good health, military victory – are not automatic but are contingent on … 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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Shelach (Num. 13:1 – 15:4)

Spies.  Surveillance.  Sanctioned and unsanctioned.  I took a course at Osher this spring on the workings of U.S. intelligence agencies.  It was given by a retired CIA operative.  I learned that the CIA is supposed to just gather intelligence, not … Continue reading

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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

[I will be away next week, so you are getting this a week early.  The comments are from 2014, but the jokes are newly chosen.] In this week’s portion, Eikev, Moses assures the Israelites that they can have a wonderful … 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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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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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

Since I will be on vacation when I would ordinarily send this out, I am rerunning the comments from 2007.  Different humor, though. The most familiar section of this week’s portion is Ch. 11:13-21, the second part of the Shema, … Continue reading

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