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Vayeilekh (Deuteronomy 31:1-30), Shabbat Shuvah

 (From 2016) This Shabbat: Very short weekly Torah portion (30 verses), longish special haftarah (29 verses at my shul).  We are in the midst of the Ten Days of Penitence leading to Yom Kippur. [Before I forget, there are some … Continue reading

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Nitzavim-Vayeilekh (Deut. 29:9-31:30)

This is a time of transition on many fronts.  School has started.  The leaves are starting to fall.  At Selichot services tomorrow night, special penitential prayers and poems (selichot) will be chanted in High Holy Day mode as we the … Continue reading

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Vayeilekh (Deut. 31:1-30), Shabbat Shuvah

This Shabbat: Very short weekly Torah portion (30 verses), longish special haftarah (29 verses at my shul).  We are in the midst of the Ten Days of Penitence leading to Yom Kippur. [Before I forget, there are some fasting tips … Continue reading

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Vayeilekh (Deut. 31:1-30), Shabbat Shuvah

Only 30 verses this week.  Piece of cake for the Torah reader.  In Vayeilekh, Moses tries to provide for a smooth transition for the Israelites now that he will be leaving them and they will be crossing the Jordan into … Continue reading

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Nitzavim-Vayeilekh (Deut. 29:9-31:30)

This week, I saw a 1952 Japanese film called “Ikuru” ((生きる, “To Live”), directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa.  The protagonist, Kanji Watanabe, upon learning that he has stomach cancer and only several months to live, suddenly realizes that he … Continue reading

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Nitzavim-Vayeilekh (Deut. 29:9-31:30)

We are coming to the end of the year 5773 as the Israelites come to the end of their 40-year journey.  The first part of this double portion, Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20), appropriately contains 40 verses, which in Hebrew numerology (gematria) … Continue reading

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