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Thoughts on Ha’azinu

(The following was prepared by my wife, Rabbi Vered Hillel, for submission to the UMJC weekly Torah/Haftarah portion.) The haftarah for Parashat Ha’azinu is David’s great hymn of thanksgiving, praising Hashem for providing protection and deliverance from all the dangers … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayelech

This week’s Torah portion is Vayelech, Deuteronomy 31:1-30.[i] For the encouragement of many of us, this portion begins, וַיֵּלֶךְ, מֹשֶׁה; וַיְדַבֵּר, Moshe walked and talked with Bnei-Yisrael. Why is this encouragement? Quite simply because the next verse states that Moshe was … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Nitzavim

We are soon coming to the close of yearly reading cycle on Simchat Torah. This week’s Parasha is Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20.[i] It is normally read on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah. The Haftarah is Isaiah 61:10 – 63:9, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ki Tavo

In Parasha Ki Tavo, “When you come…”, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8,[i] Moshe continues to encourage the children of Israel to observe the mitzvot ADONAI has placed before them as they prepare to enter into the land promised as an inheritance to their forefathers, … Continue reading

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Thought on Ki Teitzei

This week’s parasha is Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19.[i] It is the fifth of the Haftarot of Consolation, from Isaiah 54:1-55:5. In this haftarah we read an encouraging proclamation from HaShem to Israel, Fear not, for you will not … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Shoftim

When we pick up a book, glancing through it to determine whether we would like to spend the time reading it, we may look over the table of contents as well as the chapter headings or introductions. However, it is … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Eikev

This week’s Parasha is Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25.[i] The Haftarah, being the Second Shabbat of Consolation, is from Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3. The reading from the Apostolic Writings, according to the Chayai Yeshua schedule, is Luke 24:13–32. I encourage … Continue reading

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