Tag Archives: Commentary

Yitro: standing in line for justice

Yitro’s advice to Moses was to make the law accessible to the people. We would do well to take that advice today.“You shall also seek out from among all the people capable men who fear God, trustworthy men who spurn … Continue reading

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Bo: the malevolent synecdoche

“How long shall this one be a snare to us? (Exodus 10:7) This comes from the part of this week’s parasha, Bo, where Pharaoh’s advisors are telling him to let the Israelites go already; they say they want to go … Continue reading

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Va’era: A leading man

“The Israelites would not listen to me, how then should Pharaoh heed me, a man of uncircumcised lips” (Ex 611): Moses realized that the people whom he had just been assigned to lead wouldn’t listen to him. The whole promise … Continue reading

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Shemot: Revolution

Many of you know I study Torah with an incredible group of people each Tuesday. I take notes. I take a lot of notes. Everybody in the class knows that. Anita. Takes. Notes. Sometimes the weekly parasha speaks to me … Continue reading

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Noah: Building a relationship, not just an ark

Relationships are hard at the beginning. Getting to know each other, finding out each other’s faults and strengths. Yes indeed, relationships are hard in the beginning, like the one between humanity and God. The story of Noah is at one … Continue reading

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Ki Tetzei: You shall not remain indifferent

There are 72 commandments in this week’s parasha, Ki Tetzei. They cover a lot of ground, as you can imagine. What to do with a wandering ox. What to do when you go to war and want to take women … Continue reading

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Shofetim: Sigh

There are a number of reasons why I love this week’s parasha, Shofetim. Yes, it was my daughter’s parasha, so there’s that. It has a whole section on military ethics, (chapter 20) which I teach as part of a full … Continue reading

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