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This week’s parashah, Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:111, begins with what many consider one of the saddest prayers recorded in Scripture. Flashback: Moses began his life under a death sentence simply for being a Hebrew male child. He was born … Continue reading

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A couple of weeks ago, in Parashat Matot, concerning vows made by an individual to HaShem, we read the following exhortations to fulfill the vow without delay. Whenever a man makes a vow to ADONAI or swears an oath to obligate himself … Continue reading

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In preparing this week’s Thoughts, I came across a couple of fairly well-known sayings, and while they appear to be in contrast, they really are not. The first one, I share will be in three forms of the same idea.  … Continue reading

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The first chapter of Genesis concludes with HaShem’s final act of creation,  God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. (Gen. 1:27) I believe that this verse from the … Continue reading

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Toward the end of Sha’ul’s letter to the Yeshua followers in Rome, he wrote these words, For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through patience and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. … Continue reading

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In Israel, this week’s parashah is Naso, Numbers 4:21–7:89.* Among the various issues covered in Naso are the regulations concerning the Nazarite vow, which could be taken by either a male or female.  Speak to Bnei-Yisrael and say to them: Any man … Continue reading

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Pirkei Avot, The Ethics of the Fathers, begins with the following affirmation, Moses received the Torah at Sinai and handed it on to Yehoshua (Joshua); Yehoshua to the elders; the elders to the prophets; and the prophets to the men of the Great … Continue reading

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