Deuteronomy (Devarim)

Ha’azinu 5774 Teshuva (Repentance) From Love

September 21, 2014
Ha’azinu 5774  Teshuva (Repentance) From Love

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have fallen because of your sin. …Hosea 14:2 This week is “Shabbat Shuvah,” the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The time when we are supposed to step our efforts to perform teshuvah.  Teshuvah literally would mean to return, as in turn to...
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Nitzavim 5774 — Choose Life!

September 19, 2014
Nitzavim 5774 — Choose Life!

I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live. …Deuteronomy 30:19 There are some verses in the Torah that always jump out at me — and this is one of them. A few...
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Ki Tavo 5773 – Walk in God’s Ways

August 23, 2013
Ki Tavo 5773 – Walk in God’s Ways

“You have declared the Lord this day to be your God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to listen to his voice…” …Deuteronomy 26:17 What does it mean to “walk in his ways?” God is God; we are puny humans. How can...
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Ki Tetze 5773 – Don’t crap where you eat

August 16, 2013
Ki Tetze 5773 – Don’t crap where you eat

 “And you shall have a spade among your weapons; and it shall be, when you will ease yourself outside, you shall dig with it, and shall turn back and cover your excrement; For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to save you, and to give your enemies before...
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Re’eh 5773 – Who would choose a curse?

August 2, 2013
Re’eh 5773 – Who would choose a curse?

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse;”  …Deuteronomy 11:26   God tells us “do these things and you will receive blessings; do these other things and you will receive curses.” In the opening line of this week’s Torah reading we are not commanded to go the route of blessings. God...
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Nitzavim 5773 – the hidden things are for God, the revealed for us

September 14, 2012

Originally published on the Rabbis for Human Rights website:   Deut. 29:28 “The hidden things are for the Lord our God, but the revealed things are for us and our children forever, to carry out all the words of this Torah.”   If you sin in secret, God will know. If you have yirat...
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