Weekly Torah Portion

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.


Previous Torah Portions

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.
In this week's parsha, Re'eh, we are told to not disfigure ourselves when mourning the death of a loved one. Apparently, it was the  custom among the ancient Canaanite people to wound themselves as part of their mourning rituals. The Torah tells us that we, as God's chosen people, a holy people, should not do this.

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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