Tag Archives: Shabbat

Shana Tovah – Happy New Year

Our trip around the sun has come full course, and here we are at the threshold again. Beginnings and endings. We’re ending the book of Deuteronomy, will be starting Genesis soon. We’re ending 5778, starting 5779. As we get to … 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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Re’eh: Look for what you must do

Re’eh Well, that’s encouraging, but 3 verses later we read, “If , however, there is a needy person among you…” (Deut 15:7), but hang on. Four verses later we read, “There will never cease to be needy ones in your … Continue reading

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Matot Masei: Changing relationships

This week’s parasha is a double one: Matot-Masei. We’re at the end of Bamidbar, coming to the end of our journey towards the Land. It’s been a long haul – 40 years, in fact. In that time, and entire generation … Continue reading

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Pinchas: Remembering my father

It’s tech week for the show I’m in, and for those that understand, you understand. But it’s also the week of my father’s yahrtzeit….30 years now since he died. I wanted to just re-run an older commentary on Pinchas, and … Continue reading

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Balak: answering our inner angel

“They are too numerous for me. Perhaps I can defeat them and drive them off the land.” (Num 22:6) This comes from the mouth of Balak, King of Moab, in this week’s parasha named for him. The two main characters … Continue reading

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