Weekly Torah Portion

On Thursday - Friday in the Diaspora - we will celebrate Simchat Torah, when we finish the yearly cycle of the reading of the Torah. We will read the final weekly portion, Zot Habracha, and, just as we complete the Torah, we will demonstrate the ongoing, never-ending - infinite might be the right word - nature of the Torah and our study of it, and begin again from the beginning, by reading the first part of the Torah's first portion, Bereishit. Then, on Shabbat, we will re-start the cycle officially, and read the portion of Bereishit in its entirety.


Previous Torah Portions

During the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas, I got a little addicted to Facebook. Along with 24/6 TV, it was very helpful in keeping up with developments, and also gave me the opportunity to help with the war effort by doing my bit to fight the good PR fight against those who would deny Israel its right to self-defense, and, actually, to exist.
This week's parsha takes us right up to the final section of the Torah. Ki Tavo begins with the words כי תבוא אל הארץ - "When you enter into the land" - and contains details about the first things the nation of Israel must do once they arrive in the land of Israel, which will happen after Moshe's death at the end of the Torah.
Parshat Shoftim contains the Torah's vision of how a Jewish state should be governed. There are provisions made for judges, law-givers, priests, a court system with rules of testimony, prophets and false prophets,  and, ostensibly at the top of the heap, a king. Kings have been in charge of counries, city-states, empires - all kinds of entities - for most of human history.

Jewish Holidays

Yom Kippur: Democracy, Voters' Rights, and Yom Kippur

In the wake of the recent fighting with Hamas, the ongoing disgrace of the BDS campaign (I love Pink Floyd, and Roger Waters' imbecility is killing

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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