Deuteronomy (Devarim)

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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Ki Tetze 5772 – You shall not abhor the Edomite

September 2, 2012

Recent weeks have seen too many acts of hatred by Jews in Israel perpetrated against Palestinians: A Palestinian shepherd from the south Hebron hills was wounded in an attack by Israeli settlers Monday evening (August 27), Palestinian and Israeli military sources said. According to Palestinian medics and witnesses, Ismail Adara, a 65-year-old sheep shepherd...
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Shoftim 5772 – Pursue Justice

August 24, 2012
Shoftim 5772 – Pursue Justice

 צֶדֶק צֶדֶק תִּרְדֹּף לְמַעַן תִּחְיֶה וְיָרַשְׁתָּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ  Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live, and inherit the land which the Lord your God gives you.   The Hertz commentary on the Torah, written in 1936, praises this verse as one of the highest ideals found in...
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