Monthly Archives: July 2017

Thoughts on Devarim ~ Shabbat Chazon

This Shabbat is Shabbat Chazon (“Sabbath [of] vision” שבת חזון). It derives its name from Isaiah’s words of rebuke and doom in the Haftarah (Isaiah 1:1-27) that is read on the Shabbat immediately prior to the mournful fast of Tisha … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Matot-Massei

(This blog post is a week early as Vered and I are traveling to Zimbabwe – July 14th – 24th – to join a JVMI Outreach to the Lemba tribe. During this time we will be out of phone and internet contact.) … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Pinchas

This week’s parasha, Pinchas, Numbers 25.10 though 30.1,[i] continues with last week’s episode where Bnei Yisrael linked themselves with Baal Peor in an idolatress relationship that apparently included adulteress relationships with foreign women, specifically Moabites and Midianites.  This week begins … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Balak

This week’s parasha is Balak, Numbers 22.2 – 25.9.[i] In the parasha, Balak, king of Moab, sought out Balaam the prophet to curse Bnei Yisrael and thereby save not only Moab, but Midian and the rest of the area. Balaam … Continue reading

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