Weekly Torah Portion

The parsha we read before Rosh Hashanah, Nitzavim, begins with a dramatic event: the entire people of Israel, men, women, and children, the strangers among them, from the hewers of wood to the drawers of water, even, as the Torah remarkably claims, “those who are not here with us today” – the future generations - are gathered together to reaffirm the covenant with God, and be established as God’s nation.


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The ongoing attack on democracy, the constitution, civility, and the health of the nation and the planet, being led by Trump and his henchmen, continues apace. I am not going to bother to list his almost daily high crimes and misdemeanors, or explain the damage he is doing to the democratic process and the rule of law – read or watch the news (even, remarkably, on Fox!).
Parshat V’etchanan contains some lovely and powerful verses about the way Israel is, or should be, seen and understood by the other nations of the world, and how we should see ourselves. Moshe says: “Behold I have taught you laws and statutes which the Lord God commanded me, to do these things in the land which you are entering into to possess.
In all of the insanity and stupidity of this past week, all over the globe, it’s certainly difficult to choose the worst of the perverse decisions, statements, and policies that were rolled out by our “leaders”.

Jewish Holidays

Pesach: Being a Nation - It Ain't Easy

The gap between Israel and Diaspora Jewry seems to be growing daily. Bibi blames the African migrant problem on the New Israel Fund.

Jewish Life Cycle

One of the most important mitzvoth in the Torah is called the מת מצוה (met mitzvah) – a deceased person whom it is a commandment to bury.

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