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Re’eh – Haftarah
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The two parts of this week’s haftarah, verses 11-17 of chapter 54 and 1-5 of Chapter 55, seem distinct from each other. In addition, their literal content is less rich than the meaning the Sages find in it, so I will focus more than usual on their themes. The first section finally, in our third […]
Accommodating Diversity and Maintaining Unity
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Judges and officers you shall make for yourselves in all your gates, which Hashem your G-d gives you, tribe by tribe. And they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.(Devarim 16:18) 1. Courts for each city and tribe The Torah requires that Bnai Yisrael establish a judicial system. The above passage discusses the extent of […]
Don’t Be a Heel
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This week’s Torah portion takes its name from the unusual word used to describe our reward for following G-d’s commandments. So what’s the story behind that word?
Greatness and Humility
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A sequence of verses in this week’s sedra gave rise to a beautiful Talmudic passage – one that has found a place in the siddur. It is among the readings we say after the Evening Service on Saturday night as Shabbat comes to an end. Here is the text on which it is based: “For […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Eikev
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As a parent, grandparent, and psychologist, I am often considered to be something of an expert on parenting and child-rearing. In that capacity, I have frequently been asked to review or give an opinion about any of the plethora of books on the subject of raising one's children.
Eikev – Rishon
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Moshe told the people, “If you keep God’s laws, He’ll make things good for you. Your offspring, your land, your produce and your livestock will all be great. There won’t be any illness or infertility and only your enemies will know suffering.” “Therefore,” he continued, “don’t worry about how to defeat the Canaanite nations. God […]