Weekly Torah Portion

This week's parsha, Eikev, is the third in the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy). It contains a section which is recited daily in the morning and evening prayers, as the second paragraph of the Shema. In the Torah, it appears a few chapters after the first paragraph of the Shema, which is in last week's parsha, Va'etchanan. In it, we have the basic statement about our belief in reward and punishment.


Previous Torah Portions

A theme that has been much discussed over the last weeks, especially in traditional, Orthodox circles here in Israel, is the question, What happens to all our apparently unanswered prayers? This discussion, which, of course, is not new, began with the announcement that the three kidnapped boys had, in fact, been murdered.
This week we read the first parsha in the book of Devarim - Deutoronomy - which begins a long, moving farewell speech by Moshe which continues until the very end of the book, which is the end of the Torah.
Well, the fighting here goes on. Every fifteen minutes or so there is something new online, on TV or radio, which moves, angers, saddens, frustrates, or scares us all, as well as so much which makes us very proud. This week's parsha, Masei, which is all about entering, fighting for, and settling the Land of Israel, certainly connects pretty seamlessly with our situation.

Jewish Holidays

Pesach: Pesach - Free Then, Got to be Free Now

Passover, as we all know, is, first and foremost, about memory.

Jewish Life Cycle

In parshat Bereishit 2:24 it says:"That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one flesh".

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