Tag Archives: Ten Commandments

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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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

This week:  The Ten (more or less) Commandments! But first, a lesson in management.  Yitro (Jethro), having heard of the Exodus of the Israelites in Midian, goes out to his son-in-law Moses, bringing along his daughter and her sons, i.e., … 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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Bemidbar (1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

This week, we start reading a new book of the Torah, variously called Bamidbar (in the desert), Bemidbar (in [the] desert of…i.e., Sinai), or B’midbar (same).  In English, it’s called Numbers, and there are a lot of them in this … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

This week, in Parashat Yitro: The Ten Commandments. But first, we pause for a brief family interlude.  Jethro, aka Yitro, aka Reuel, the father-in-law of Moses, meets him in the wilderness, bringing him his wife Zipporah and sons Gershom and … 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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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

While I was thinking about what to write here, I looked at some of my other comments on this week’s Torah portion, Yitro, and what I wrote four years ago is pretty much what I feel like saying this year, … Continue reading

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