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V’zot Haberachah – “This Is The Blessing”

This week’s Parasha is entitled V’Zot HaBerachah, meaning (this is the Blessing). It is taken from the book of Deuteronomy 33:1- 34:12. Here we have the record of the final words of Moses; the man of God to the Israelis. These words also take the form of a song. Often, Moses set before the people curses and blessings, but here

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Ha’Azinu – “Listen”

The name of this week’s parasha is Ha’Azinu, which means “listen”, and covers Deuteronomy chapter 32.  In this parasha, we see Moses speaking the words of a song that tells of Adonai’s greatness and His wonderful provisions for the Israelis, along with their rejection of Him that results in their misery and suffering, and concludes with Adonai’s eventual punishment of

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Vayelech – “And He Went”

We are nearing the end of the yearly cycle of Torah readings, at which time we’ll return to Genesis. This week’s parasha, entitled Vayyelech, covers Deuteronomy 31. Israel has just reaffirmed the Covenant, and been assured, on the one hand, of great blessings if we would be obedient, but warned of dire consequences if we chose disobedience. Our attention now

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Nitzavim – “Those Taking A Stand”

This week our parasha is Nitzavim which means “Those Taking A Stand” and covers Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20. Parasha Nitzavim warns us that life boils down to one life altering choice, to choose God and life, or abandon Him and choose death. We begin in Deuteronomy 29 with Moses finishing his warning to our people. We are told again that if we

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Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

This week’s parasha is entitled Ki Tavo, meaning “when you enter.” It covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 (9). God gave very detailed statutes and ordinances that applied specifically to Israel’s inheritance, as they settled into the land of Canaan. Our parasha opens with two Declarations: the first one concerns the offering of Firstfruits and the second one concerns the annual tithe. For

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Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”

This week’s parasha is entitled Ki Teitzei, meaning, “When you go out,” it is from the book of Deuteronomy 21:10 -25:19. This parasha opens at the conclusion of the second of three discourses that Moses gave to Israel. The topic of this discourse is what God expects of Israel. Here, Moses goes into his final subject and provides clarification of

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Shoftim – “Judges”

This week our parasha is Shoftim, which mean “Judges”, and covers Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9. Parasha Shoftim teaches us the importance of justice, and how if we claim to love the Lord, we need to love justice as well. Our parasha picks up towards the end of Deuteronomy 16 with the need to have judges in every town. These judges should have

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Re’eh – “See”

Today’s Parasha is titled “Re eh”, which means “to see”. This Torah portion, from Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17, describes a blessing and a curse from God.  In chapter 11:26 – 28, God says, “see, I am setting before you a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord and the curse, if you do

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Eikev – “Consequence”

The name of this week’s parasha is Eikev, which means “consequence”, and covers Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25.  In this parasha, the Israelis are promised blessings for obedience to Adonai’s commandments, and penalties if they disobey His commandments; they are also reminded to remember all that He did for them.  If the Israelis obeyed Adonai’s commandments, they would be blessed with numerous people,

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VaEtchanan – “And I Pleaded”

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Va’etchanan, meaning “and I pleaded”. It covers Deuteronomy chapters 3:23 through 7:11. As the parasha opens, Moses was pleading 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

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Devarim – “Words”

This week our parasha is Devarim, which means words and covers Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22. Parasha Devarim is the first Torah portion of Deuteronomy and is the name for this book in Hebrew. Parasha Devarim teaches us the importance of learning from our past and breaking the cycles of sin that repeat constantly in our lives. The book of Deuteronomy begins with

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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

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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

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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. The person writing was concerned because they had been giving regularly, but lately were giving in the hopes of something they yearned

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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