Deuteronomy

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Ha’azinu – “Hear”

Israel had sung the "Song of Moses" at the Red Sea, which celebrated their victory over the Egyptians due to the power of God but this new song points out Israel's unfaithfulness and the Lord’s chastening of His own people. This song would indict the Israeli people for turning away from Adonai due to breaking His covenant. This was the

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Vayelech – “And He Went”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayeilech, which means, “And He Went.”  It covers Deuteronomy, Chapter 31:1 – 31:30.  As the parasha opens, we find out that this day will be Moses’ last day on earth.  As Moses mentions in verse 2:  I am a hundred and twenty years old today; I am no longer able to come and go, and

By |2018-09-17T22:26:13+00:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayelech – “And He Went”

Nitzavim – “Those Taking a Stand”

The name of this week’s parasha is Nitzavim, which means “those taking a stand,” and covers Deuteronomy 29:9 through 30:20.  Moses stresses to the Israelis the importance of following the terms of this covenant.  Everyone there was standing in Adonai’s presence to enter a covenant with Him affirming they will be His people, and He will be their God in

By |2018-09-11T01:09:05+00:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Nitzavim – “Those Taking a Stand”

Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

Several years ago I was on an Orthodox Jewish website doing some research. During my browsing I discovered their “Ask the Rabbi” section and an article caught my eye. The question concerned whether motives mattered when giving tzedakah. The person writing was concerned because they had been giving regularly, but lately were giving in the hopes of something they yearned

By |2018-09-04T01:18:26+00:00September 1st, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”

This week’s Parasha is Ki Teitzei, translated: “When You Go Out”. It covers Deuteronomy 21-25:19. In these chapters, we find 72 of the Torah’s 613 commandments. Chapter 21 includes the command that when you went to war against your enemy, and the Lord delivered them into your hands; if you saw a beautiful woman, and were attracted to her, you

By |2018-08-27T23:46:11+00:00August 25th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”

Shoftim – “Judges”

A.W. Tozer believed that the truest measure of a man is how he thinks about God. Perhaps the truest measure of a nation is how its judicial system functions. When innocent people go to prison because ambitious prosecutors suppress evidence, or officials commit perjury, or judges allow their political biases to influence cases, the judicial process is perverted. The same

By |2018-08-20T16:55:39+00:00August 18th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shoftim – “Judges”

Re’eh – “See”

Our parasha passage for today is entitled Re’eh, meaning “See” and covers Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17.  The title “see” comes from the first verse of the parasha, where Moses reminds the people, saying, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse…” And this is the key theme of the parasha.  Blessings follow when we listen to

By |2018-08-13T22:07:33+00:00August 11th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

Eikev – “Consequence”

This week our parasha is Eikev, which means “consequence”, and covers Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25.  In this parasha we will see the importance of making choices and the consequences that it brings depending on how we choose. Our parasha begins in chapter 7 continuing the speech Moses is giving our people before we begin to take possession of the promise land.  If

By |2018-08-06T23:45:12+00:00August 4th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eikev – “Consequence”

Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vaetchanan, which means “and I pleaded”, and covers Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11. Moses asked God to allow him to enter the Promised Land, but Adonai was angry with him because of his conduct at Meribah in Numbers 20. Because Moses hadn’t honored God for providing the Jewish people water there, but took the honor for

By |2018-07-30T23:02:37+00:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

D’varim – “Words”

This week Parasha is entitled D’varim, meaning (words). It covers Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22. The book of Deuteronomy is the fifth and final book of the Torah. Moses gives Israel the first of three discourses to reiterate that these are the words- of the Law. In this week’s parasha, we will focus only on two events, the spies, who initially

By |2018-07-23T20:29:35+00:00July 21st, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on D’varim – “Words”

V’zot Haberachah – “And This Is The Blessing”

The final weekly parasha is entitled V’zot HaB’racha, meaning,“and this is the blessing” and completes the annual cycle of Torah readings. Shortly before his death, Moses pronounces a blessing over the 12 tribes – a reiteration of what Jacob prophesied over his 12 sons five centuries earlier. The two blessings contain differences, and some of them are worth noting. The

By |2017-10-16T21:41:26+00:00October 14th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on V’zot Haberachah – “And This Is The Blessing”

Ha’Azinu – Give Ear

This week’s parasha is entitled Ha’Azinu, which means “give ear.”  A modern-day translation would be a command to “listen” to what is about to be said.  Ha’Azinu covers all of Deuteronomy, Chapter 32, which contains 52 verses.  With this being Shabbat Shuvah, the Great Sabbath of Repentance that occurs between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, this is a very appropriate

By |2017-09-25T22:02:14+00:00September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ha’Azinu – Give Ear

Nitzavim-Vayelech- “Those Taking A Stand-And He Went”

We have a double-parasha this morning: Nitzavim and Vayelech. Nitzavim means ‘Those taking a stand’ and Vayyelech means ‘And he went’. These two parashas span Deuteronomy 29:9 (29:10 in our English Bibles) through 31:30. The parasha opens with all Israel assembled to stand before Adonai. In fact, the usual verb for ‘stand’ (omayd) isn’t the word used here. The verb

By |2017-09-18T21:38:41+00:00September 16th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Nitzavim-Vayelech- “Those Taking A Stand-And He Went”

Ki Tavo – “When You Enter In”

The name of this week’s parasha is Ki Tavo, which means “when you enter in” and covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8.  In chapter 26, Moses instructed the Israelis on honoring God with the first fruits of the harvest after they settled in the Promised Land, including a declaration of His mighty deeds in bringing them into the Land.  In the 3rd year

By |2017-09-11T21:42:26+00:00September 9th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tavo – “When You Enter In”

Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

This week our parasha is Ki Teitzei, which means “When You Go”, and covers Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19.  Parasha Ki Teizei covers a large variety of topics and has 74 different commandments.  While we could go through all 72 commandments in the interest of time I would like to only discuss a small number of them. Weaving through the many different topics

By |2017-09-04T21:53:21+00:00September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

Shoftim – “Judges”

“It isn’t fair.”  How many times have we heard people say this?  Fairness is a rather complicated concept, and often we don’t understand all the implications of our demands, but regardless we tend to argue our idea of ‘fairness’ anyway, don't we? As adults, and especially as believers, we should recognize injustice when we see it; but where do we

By |2017-08-29T09:17:47+00:00August 26th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shoftim – “Judges”

Re’eh – “See”

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Re’eh, which means “See!”  It covers Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17. Moses makes it clear in chapter 11 that the real issue of drawing closer to God has to do with the heart of the individual. If Israel would serve Adonai in love and faithfulness, He would send the early and latter rain in

By |2017-08-29T09:16:25+00:00August 26th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

Re’eh – “See”

Today’s Parasha is entitled Re’eh, which means “see” and covers Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. Parasha Re'eh continues Moses' second sermon to the people. It begins with the famous statement, “See, this day I set before you a blessing and a curse”. Moses describes the blessings for obedience to the Lord’s commandments, which were given earlier in chapter 11, along with the curses

By |2017-08-22T00:58:17+00:00August 19th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

Eikev – “On The Heel Of”

This week’s Parasha is Eikev, which means “on the heel of.” In this Parasha Moses continues his final speeches to the Israelis before they enter the Promised Land. These instructions are more about obeying their God and are a warning. I think a good theme for this is the following: “If you have real faith, you will trust Me; and

By |2017-08-15T16:21:44+00:00August 12th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eikev – “On The Heel Of”

Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Va’etchanan, meaning “and I pleaded”. It covers Deuteronomy 3:23 through chapter 7:11. As the parasha opens, Moses pleads with Adonai to reconsider allowing him to cross over into the Land of Promise. God’s answer was a firm “No” but He did allow Moses to ascend Mt. Pisgah and get a bird’s eye

By |2017-08-08T01:19:11+00:00August 5th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

Devarim – “Words or Matters”

Our parasha passage for this week is entitled, D’varim, which means “words or matters,” i.e, something of consequence.  This passage covers Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22.  This comes from the Hebrew in Chapter 1:1:  Eleh ha d’varim, “these are the words.”  This last book of the Torah contains Moses’ overview of the history of their journey through the wilderness after leaving

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Ha’Azinu – “Listen”

This morning’s parasha is called Ha’azinu and means “Give ear”. It covers Deuteronomy chapter 32. The Song of Moses represents the last time that Moses will speak to the Israelis before he dies on Mount Nebo. This song was meant to be taught to every Israeli as a reminder of the past, and a warning for the present and the

By |2017-01-30T21:40:56+00:00October 15th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ha’Azinu – “Listen”

Vayelech – “And He Went”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayelech, which means “and he went” and covers Deuteronomy 31:1-30.  Moses told the Jewish people that when they entered the Promised Land, Joshua would be their leader, and Adonai would go before them to deliver the nations there into their hands.  Those nations would suffer the fate of the Amorite kings Sihon and

By |2016-10-11T02:49:19+00:00October 8th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayelech – “And He Went”

Nitzavim – “Standing”

This week’s parasha is entitled, Nitzavim, meaning "standing."  It covers Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20. In Chapter 29, all the people have gathered before the Lord in order to enter into the covenant with Him.   In verse 15, we find that not only does this covenant involve those present at that time, but that this covenant extends beyond their generation, to

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Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

Several years ago I was on an Orthodox Jewish website doing some research.  During my browsing I discovered their “Ask the Rabbi” section and an article caught my eye.  The question concerned whether motives mattered when giving tzedakah, charity. The person writing was concerned because they had been giving charity regularly, but lately were giving in the hopes of something

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