Monthly Archives: August 2017

Thoughts on Ki Teitzei

This week’s parasha is Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21.10 – 25.19[i] and, according to some reckoning, contains a listing of seventy-four of the six hundred and thirteen mitzvot given to Moshe at Mt. Sinai. These include the taking of captured women … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Shoftim

This week’s Parasha is Shoftim, and is found in Deuteronomy 16.18 – 21.9.[i] The very beginning of this parasha links justice with the avoidance of idolatry (16.18-22). Later in the Parasha, there is a passage that is most troubling for modern … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Re’eh

This week is the third Sabbath of Consolation between Tisha b’Av and Rosh HaShanah. The Haftarah for this Shabbat is Isaiah 54.11 though 55.5,[i] and begins with the LORD addressing Israel as “afflicted one, storm-tossed, unconsoled…” which is more than … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Eikev

This is the 2nd Shabbat of Consolation between Tisha b’Av and Rosh Hashanah. Whereas Jeremiah asked Hashem, “Why do You always forget us and forsake us for so long?” (Eicha / Lamentations 5.20),[i] in this week’s Haftarah, Isaiah 49:14 – … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Va’etchanan ~ Shabbat Nahamu 

The parasha for this Shabbat is Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3.23 through 7.11.[i] It is the first of seven special Shabbats of Consolation following Tisha b’Av – this one being Shabbat Nahamu, (Consolation) based upon the first words of the Haftarah in … Continue reading

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