Parashat Ki Tetze


What should be the focus of a newly married couple? The Torah juxtaposes a verse about them with a verse that prohibits the keeping of working tools as a pledge: When a man marries...he shall not go out in the army...for a year...Do not take a hand a pledge for a debt, because that would

Parashat Ki Tetze2015-08-27T19:07:48+08:00

Parashat Shoftim


Tevye famously sings about the power of Tradition, but in the end, it fails him. We are told that when the king sits on his throne of kingship, he shall write for himself a copy of this Torah. A Torah scroll the king inherits from previous generations, the Rabbis teach, is not enough for he

Parashat Shoftim2015-08-21T01:26:05+08:00

Parashat Re’eh


Sometimes we don't know if a verse is a question or a statement. Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that come bad things and good? (Lamentations 3:8) is usually translated as a question, but the Midrash reads it as a statement: It is not from the mouth of the Most High

Parashat Re’eh2015-08-13T17:40:08+08:00

Parashat Ekev


From kale to coconut water, foodie culture surrounds us and yet the Torah insists that Not on bread alone does the human live but on every utterance of the LORD's mouth does the human live. This verse reminds us that we are made of body and soul and the physical alone will never be enough

Parashat Ekev2015-08-06T19:34:39+08:00
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