Devarim 27:26 Cursed be he who will not uphold the terms of this Teaching and observe them. And all the people shall say, Amen. Rashi Here he [Moses] included […]
Rabbi Steinsaltz examines the diverse mitzvot found in this parasha and finds that their peculiarities, mystifying jumps in significance and moral contradictions overwhelm attempts to systematize and reduce them to […]
Devarim 18:13 You must be wholehearted (tamim) with the LORD your God. Rashi walk before him wholeheartedly, put your hope in Him and do not attempt to investigate the […]
Devarim 12:1 These are the laws and rules that you must carefully observe in the land … Rabbi Steinsaltz repeats a theme that we’ve encountered before with him. Settling […]
Unusually Rabbi Steinsaltz does not examine any of the verses in the parsha. He sees this parsha as transitional, and that later sections describe the same ideas with greater force. […]
Devarim 4:15-19 For your own sake, therefore, be most careful–since you saw no shape when the LORD your God spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire — not […]
How ( אֵיכָ֥ה ) can I bear unaided the trouble of you, and the burden, and the bickering!
Megillat Eikah 1:1
How does the city sit solitary?
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz […]
Bamidbar 33:1-2 (Robert Alter) These are the journeyings of the Israelites who came out of the land of Egypt by their battalions, in the hand of Moses and Aaron. And […]
Bamidbar 25:11 “Pinchas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the Priest, has turned back My wrath from the Israelites by displaying among them his passion [zealousness] for Me, so that […]
Who speaks for God?Bamidbar 24:15-16 He took up his theme, and said, Word of Balaam son of Beor, Word of the man whose eye is true, Word […]