In this cycle through the Torah we will be taking a mystical journey. Our guide will be Rabbi Larry Tabick’s book, The Aura of Torah, published in 2014 by the Jewish […]
In the penultimate parshah of the Torah, Moses’ last words take the form of a song. It is one of the few sections of the Torah that are formally structured […]
Surely, this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach. It is not in the heavens, that […]
This parshah provides an opportunity to draw together a number of the themes we have discussed together this year. It begins with the mitzvah of the first fruits ceremony.
Devarim 26:2-3 […]
Ki Teitze contains more mitzvot (commandments or obligations) than any other parsha in the Torah. The combination and variety of the mitzvot in the parsha defy attempts to rationalize and […]
Moses is trying to communicate that there is something special and different about the revelation the Israelites received at Sinai. Something that goes beyond simply living in a land as […]
In memory of Rabbi Adin Steninsaltz, who passed away last weekend.
“These are the statutes and the laws that you shall keep to do in the land that […]
Moses seeks to provide wisdom and memory to a new generation that will be living a very different life than in the Wilderness.
Devarim 8:3 (Alter)
And He afflicted you […]
I pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying,
“O Lord God, You who let Your servant see the first works of Your greatness and Your mighty hand, […]
For part of our study of Devarim, we will be using the commentary Moses: A Human Life, by Avivah Zornberg.
Devarim 1:1- (Robert Alter, trans.)
These are the words that […]