Monthly Archives: July 2013

Eikev: Falling in love

My dear friend is getting married this weekend.  It must be a month for love – my sister got married last weekend.  My friend’s fiancé is a good guy, worthy of holding her heart in his own.  I’m reading Torah … Continue reading

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Ve’etchanan/Shabbat Nachamu: From lows to highs

Monday night I spent sitting on floor surrounded by candles.  My sister was singing and chanting an incredibly haunting melody, crying out the words of “Aicha”, Lamentations.  It was Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, and … Continue reading

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Devarim: Words and Things

Elu Dvarim…these are the words. That’s how the last book of the Torah,  Devarim, words, begins.  Moses proceeds to talk…and talk….and talk….elu devarim…these are the words. These words remind me of a camp song, “Elu dvarim”, these are the things.  … Continue reading

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Matot Masei-where would you stand?

Finishing up the book of Numbers (Bamidmar…in the wilderness) we have a double portion this week:  Matot/Masei.  Most of the two sections are taken up with verses that don’t resonate easily with us; first, what happens when women make vows … Continue reading

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