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Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 31) Going In and Out Of The Gates of Repentance

            This week Moses comes to realization that he will soon die. The portion begins (31:2) with the recognition that at 120 years of age “I can no longer be active”. The Hebrew words, la’tzeit [Read more…]

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Dvar Torah Nitzavim

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from our new contributor, Rabbi Barbara Bortz. As you cannot help but know, Queen Elizabeth II died earlier this month. I’m not a monarchist – I was raised [Read more…]

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) What Of YOU Shall You Bring To The New Year?

           What a Torah portion for us to consider this Shabbat! The Israelites, poised to enter the “land flowing with milk and honey” are given a stern and direct warning by [Read more…]

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Ki Tezte (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) The Evil Without–The Evil Within

            Ki Tetze is a portion that will keep any Torah study participant busy for hours. It has combination of themes from social justice issues to treatment of captives, from medical ethics to marriage and [Read more…]

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Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) The Right to a Tzedek Based Health Care System

            This week the Torah asks a question that touches all of us. In Deuteronomy 16:20 we read the famous line “justice, justice shall you pursue”. The Hebrew word Tzedek is repeated to stress the [Read more…]

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R’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) We Live In Community So It Is About Us All

            This week’s portion covers a lot of ground. We see in chapter 12 the call for centralized worship which reflects King Josiah’s attempt at his religious reformation. We see [Read more…]

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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) Life Experience–Life Tests

     Eikev is a fascinating portion. It conveys a variety of instructions, all embraced by the Deuteronomic style of “If…Then”; If you follow God’s commands then good things will happen and if you stray, then [Read more…]

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V’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11) A Foundation of Kindness

  This week’s portion is  quite well known. Many of the portion’s verses find their way into so many prayer books, private prayers etc. Just look at the beginning of the portion (4:44) and the [Read more…]

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D’varim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) Change, Transition and Our Spiritual Journey

  The Book of Deuteronomy begins with the first of several “sermons” delivered by Moses. It is time for the Israelites to move into the land that had been promised. It has been forty years [Read more…]