August 23, 2017
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Counting the Cost

Parashat Shof’tim, Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9 by Dr. Patrice Fischer, Congregation Ohr Chadash, Clearwater, FL   Shof’tim has dozens of passages of instruction: Don’t worship idols, how courts and kings should behave, the Prophet like Moses, etc. One particular section, Dt. 20:1–9, does not seem that memorable on the surface. It discusses some of the instructions for […]

Moses’ Last Stand

Parashat R’eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 by Jonathan Roush, Beth Messiah, Montgomery Village, MD   I’ve never really connected with Deuteronomy. I am not sure why. Perhaps it is because so much of it is a repetition of the Law which we’ve already read previously, and so I’ve glossed over it. However, when revisiting this portion I […]

How Can We Please God?

Parashat Ekev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 by Rabbi D. Friedman, Jerusalem In this week’s parasha, Moshe is summarizing the things for Israel to remember before he dies and a new leader takes his place, before Aaron dies and a new leader takes his place, and before the people enter Land of Israel. And now, Israel, what does […]

The Voice Never to Be Repeated

Parashat Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 by Hana Guzman, Beth Messiah, Montgomery Village, MD At the opening of this week’s parasha, the Israelite people are standing ready to enter the Promised Land as Moses reminds them of their covenant with God on Mount Sinai. Following the repetition of the Ten Commandments, Moses says: These words Hashem spoke […]

The Voice of Our Words

Parashat D’varim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 by Jared Eaton This week’s Torah portion is D’varim, as we start the book of Deuteronomy. This week also falls in what is called the “Nine Days,” a period of deep reflection and introspection preceding the commemoration of Tisha b’Av on the 9th day of the month of Av (August 1 […]

Back to the Essentials

Parashat Matot-Mas’ei, Numbers 30:1-36:13 Haftarah, Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4 by Rabbi Russ Resnik   Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore, be zealous and repent. Revelation 3:19, TLV Words of reproof are difficult to hear, and often unwelcome, but they’re essential to a life of knowing and serving the God of Israel. And so […]

Pinchas Makes a Point

Parashat Pinchas (Num. 25:10-30:1) by Dr. Jeffrey Seif   During my nearly thirty years as a Bible College and seminary professor I got asked a lot of questions. When a young ministry candidate in a Pentateuch class once asked me how he could launch his ministry, my answer was very simple and very direct. “Find […]

Master of the Moment

Parashat Balak, Numbers 22:2–25:9 by Rabbi Isaac Roussel, Congregation Zera Avraham The Talmud (Avodah Zarah 4a–b) discusses our Sages’ belief that God gets angry only once a day. The discussion revolves around the scene of God’s anger at the Golden Calf incident. Moses tries to appease God, and God tells him to wait until his […]

Whoever You Are, God Can Use You

Parashat Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1. Haftarah, Judges 11:1-33 Rabbi Stuart Dauermann, Interfaithfulness In this week’s haftarah we read about Yiftach, or Jephthah as he is known in English. He lived during the time of the Judges, an undisciplined time when everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Samuel, the last of the Judges, would […]

The Mutiny on Moses

Parashat Korach, Numbers 16:1-18:32 by Dr. Jeffrey Seif Ever heard the title Mutiny on the Bounty? On April 28, 1789, Lieutenant Fletcher Christian seized control of HMS Bounty, and set Captain William Bligh adrift in a small boat on the open sea. I mention it here, because we’re looking at one of the Hebrew Bible’s […]
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