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Thoughts on Ha’azinu

Remember two weeks ago, at the end of the double parashat, Nitzavim-Vayelech, Moses had publicly commissioned Joshua to take over in his stead and had just finished writing the words of the Torah scroll that would be placed in the Ark … Continue reading

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Weekly Thoughts – Nitzavim-Vayelech

This week’s reading, which is a double portion, Nitzavim-Vayelech, Deut. 29:9(10)–31:30, includes numerous idealized situations that, though seldom realized, should be strived for as a goal to be obtained. As we look at these various situations, we need to bear … Continue reading

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Weekly Thoughts – Ki Teitzei

Often Yeshua-believers are so concerned about soteriology, the doctrine and process of eternal salvation, and spiritual realities that daily needs and concerns are minimalized or disregarded all together. This week’s parasha, Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10 – 21:19, pretty much shows that if Yeshua-believers were following dictates … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Re’eh

There are times, when the plain words of Scripture are, shall we say, less than comfortable. Many of these “uncomfortable” verses revolve around the commands for Israel to drive out the inhabitants of the land ADONAI is giving them. A couple … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Eikev

This is the 2nd Shabbat of Consolation between Tisha b’Av and Rosh Hashanah. On Tisha b’Av we read the plaintive cry, “Why (Hashem) do You always forget us and forsake us for so long?” (Lamentations 5.20). In this week’s haftarah, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Va’etchanan

This week it would have been easy to look back and reflect on Tisha b’Av, but Rabbi David Friedman beat me to the punch with his Torah commentary for the UMJC (https://www.umjc.org/commentary/2020/7/30/the-groan-of-redemption). So, I began to think about the cornerstone … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Balak

In Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9), we see that contrary to Balak’s desire to have Bnei Israel cursed, Balaam not only blesses Israel but foretells the eventual destruction of numerous neighboring nations. Interestingly, in the rest of scripture, Balaam’s … Continue reading

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