Parashat Nitzavim/Vayelech


For this command which I charge you today is not too wondrous for you nor is it distant. Sforno explains this to mean that we won’t need sages and teachers who are geographically far away. The Torah is immutable and remains unchanging but each community needs to develop its own teachers and sages that are

Parashat Nitzavim/Vayelech2013-08-30T16:30:10+08:00

Parashat Ki Tavo


The Torah portions are arranged to read the tochecha, the curses, at year’s end. This means: we’re ready to end the year’s difficulties and welcome the blessing of a fresh start. Mystics teach that curses are always blessings in disguise, so a rationalist asks, what good can come from the most dreadful verse: You will

Parashat Ki Tavo2013-08-22T19:30:19+08:00

Parashat Ki Tetze


You shall not have in your pouch different weight-stones, a big one and a small one...For the abhorrence of the LORD your God is anyone who does all these things, who commits any fraud. The Talmud says that sometimes fraud is worse than sexual immorality because the latter is a private matter for which an

Parashat Ki Tetze2013-08-15T18:47:59+08:00

Parashat Shoftim


Parashat Shoftim discusses judges and judgment and it is appropriate that it is always read in the month of Elul that crescendos to Rosh Hashana. The parasha opens with Judges and overseers you shall set for yourself within all your gates. Our ability to ensure justice within the gates of our city may be limited,

Parashat Shoftim2013-08-08T19:06:34+08:00

Parashat Re’eh


See, I set before you today a blessing...the blessing is that you listen to the command of the LORD your God with which I charge you...The commentators point out that the verse does not speak about doing but listening (a difference lost in many translations of the Torah). This is because our Tradition teaches that

Parashat Re’eh2013-08-02T14:14:41+08:00
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