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Our portion this week consists of a collection of laws that range from captives of war, to the treatment of animals, to social justice. They seem to have very little to do with each other, yet as I read this week I noticed a connection I hadn’t considered before. Each…
“When you besiege a city for a long time by fighting against it to take it, you do not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them. If you do eat of them, do not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man to be besieged by you? Only the trees which you know are not trees for food you do destroy and cut down, to build siege-works against the city that is fighting against you, until it falls.”
Our portion this week is Re’eh which means “See”. Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 Isaiah 53:11-55:5 John 7:37-52 It is always a little uncomfortable being the odd person out. The one who drinks Soda instead of Pop. The one who likes the out of state sports team, when everyone else is a die-hard…
Let’s stop and examine the opening words of this week’s Parsha. “It shall come to pass when…” V’haya eikev. Another way to translate that would be to say, “It will come into existence as a result of.” Based on the sentence structure so far we can expect that what is about to follow would be a conditional clause, like an if/then situation. But does that fit with our perception of who HaShem is?
At the time Moses was pleading (va’etchanan means “and I sought favor”) with Elohim for another chance to enter into the land, the world wasn’t much different than it is today. You probably assume that that I have a punch line following that statement, but I don’t. Let’s examine this week’s parsha together.
When reading through this parsha this time around, I paused to reflect on Deuteronomy 1:10. We should be very familiar with the promise made to Avinu Avraham (Our father Abraham) by now, but it’s worth looking at it again.
Our portion this week is a double Parsh and the final ones of the book of B’midbar (Numbers). Numbers 30-36 Jeremiah 1:1-2:28 Acts 9:1-22; James 4:1-12 It is significant that for the second time the Daughters of Zelophehad make an appearance in the book. (The first time was in…
When is enough actually enough for us? How many times do we see injustice occurring and think to ourselves, “I wish someone would do something about that”? We begin this week by reading about Elohim’s reaction to the zeal that Pinchas displayed in the previous Parsha. Let’s to go back to the end of last week’s Torah portion to refresh our memory.
Numbers 22:2-25:9 Micah 5:6-6:8 Romans 11:25-32 Our portion this week features an unlikely “hero”. Perhaps more of a main character than hero. Balaam, son of Beor, lived near the Euphrates River. Such was his reputation that he was called by the Balak, king of Moab to come and curse the…
Not just a decree, but the decree. And what a complex decree it is! We begin this week’s busy Torah portion with a law that has continued to baffle scholars, sages and biblical students alike over the years: the purifying ashes of the red heifer.