PARASHAT HA’AZINU

Deut 32:1-52; 2 Samuel 22:1-51; John 20:26-21:25 A special portion for Shabbat Shuvah is read this Shabbat! • Shabbat Shuvah -| Shabbat of Return • Haftarah: Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27 The Almighty instructed Moses to compose a song and teach it to the children of Israel. The people of Israel memorized the song and passed it on from generation to generation. The song, which describes the coming apostasy of Israel and God’s subsequent judgment on the nation, serves as a witness for all generations. The LORD told Moses, “They will turn to other gods and serve them, and spurn Me and break My covenant” (Deuteronomy 31:20). The song explains the calamity that befalls the nation

Parashat Nitzavim/ VaYelech

Parashat Nitzavim/ VaYelech by Rabbi Paul L. Saal, Shuvah Yisrael, W. Hartford, CT Nitzavim - Deut 29:10 (29:9 in TaNaCH)-30:20; Isaiah 61:1-63:9; Romans 10:1-12 VaYeilech - Deut 31:1-30; Isaiah 55:6-56:8; Romans 10:14-18 I am now one hundred and twenty years old; I can no longer be active. (Deuteronomy 31:1) With that surprising announcement, Moses begins his final address to the children of Israel. When Moses completes this address, he will have accomplished what few others take the opportunity to do. With the completion of Deuteronomy Moses gave Israel its code of law, ethics, and ritual practice, but also he recorded for posterity his own story. But not only did he write his story, M

Parashat Ki Tavo

Saturday 9 September 2017 Elul 18 5777 Deut. 26:1-29:9 (29:8 in TaNaCH); Isaiah 60:1-22; Rev. 21:10-27/Acts 16-18 Torah states: "And He brought us to this place and He gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey" (Deuteronomy 26:9). Rashi, the great commentator, explains that "this place" refers to the Bait Hamikdosh, the Temple in Jerusalem. The question arises: Why isn't the order the other way around? Since the Israelites entered the Land of Israel much before they built the Temple, the land should be mentioned first! Rabbi Naftoli Tzvi Berlin of Volozhin who was known by the acronym Netziv explains that the Bait Hamikdosh was a spiritual benefit and the Land of Is

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