Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 In this week’s Torah Parsha, Va’etchanan, Moshe (Moses) continues his attempt to impress upon the Israelites the importance of following God’s commandments, the rewards which will result from obeying God’s words, and the punishments they will incur if they neglect to do so. Moshe recounts the story of the giving of Torah at [...]
Isaiah 40:1-26 This week’s haftorah is the first of a series of seven “Haftarot of Consolation.” These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat followingTisha beAv and continue until Rosh Hashana. This section of Ishaya (Isaiah) begins with God ‘s exhortation to the prophets: “Console, oh console My people… Announce to Jerusalem that her period of [...]
This week’s parsha is a sea of reeds, literally! Take the Shema and beatbox it through a harmonica…that’s how Yuri Lane kicks off Parshat Va’etchanan, which teaches us how to love God with all our hearts and all our souls. His harmonica is a groovy background to Rachel Havrelock’s telling of the whole story of how Moses passes along some serious information to Joshua, who’s gonna pick up the torch, er, staff, when Moses dies.
Parshat Ki Teitzei contains the biggest amount of Mitzvoth (Commandments) in the all Torah, 74 Mitzvoth. The Parsha deals with the law of the rebellious son, the obligation to bury the dead without undue delay, the requirement to return a found/lost object, the laws of marriage and divorce, the prohibition against causing pain to any [...]
Parshat Shoftim, discusses fundamental issues about leadership of the Jewish people. It starts with a discussion regarding judges, the concept of the kings, prophets, and the kohanim (priests). Many commandments are introduced: appointing judges, the obligation to follow Rabbinic Law and the words of the prophets, the obligations of a king, the punishment for perjury, [...]
In Parashat Re’eh, Moshe (Moses) continues addressing the Jews just before he passes away; just before the Jews cross the Yarden (Jordan River) and enter the land of Israel. Moshe commands the Jews to proclaim certain blessings and curses on Mount Grizzim and Mount Eval after they enter the land of Israel. He directs them [...]
Why on earth would Moses tell the people, to circumcise their hearts? (Like, ouch!) And how do you do that anyway? Check in with what Lindsay Litowitz says in this week’s G-dcast…and then start sharpening your scalpels!
Yishaya 49:14 – 51:3 This week’s haftorah is the 2nd of a series of 7 “haftarot of .” These 7 haftarot starts on the Shabbat following Tisha b’Av and continue until Rosh Hashana. The exiled Jewish people express their concern that Hashem has abandoned them. Hashem reassures them that it is not so, comparing His [...]