Tag Archives: Parasha of the week

Ki Tavo: Pledges and oaths

This week’s parasha, Ki Tavo says that when you bring that basket of first fruits of your harvest to the local priest, to offer it up to God, “you shall recite as follows before Adonai your God: “My father was a … Continue reading

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Ki Tetze: Keeping an eye out

“If you see your fellow’s ox or sheep gone astray, do not ignore it. You must take it back to your fellow.  If your fellow does not live near you, or you do not know who he is,you shall bring … Continue reading

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Shoftim: Righteous justice

You may be familiar with the line from this week’s parasha, Shoftim, “Justice justice shall you pursue…tzedek tzedek tirdof”   It is one of the more famous statements about justice that the Torah has given the world,  like the one that’s … Continue reading

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Re’eh: Find a way out of no way

“There shall be no needy among you.” (Deut 15:4) “If however there is a needy person among you, one of your kinsmen in any of your settlements in the land…do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your … Continue reading

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V’etchanan: Left behind

Sometimes the relevance of Torah just looks you in the eye and says, “I’m here.” “Let me, I pray, cross over and see the good land on the other side of the Jordan, that good hill country… but God ..would … Continue reading

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Matot/Masei – changing the ending

We all make lists.  I think making lists is the most optimistic thing a person can do.  It’s like buying green bananas, or ordering an entire season of theater tickets.  The book of Bamidar is all about lists.  It’s even … Continue reading

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Pinchas: the voice of the Urim today

“Moses spoke to the LORD, saying,“Let the LORD, Source of the breath of all flesh, appoint someone over the community who shall go out before them and come in before them, and who shall take them out and bring them … Continue reading

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