9 Elul 5780

August 28, 2020 This week’s Torah portion, Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) has the largest number of commandments found in a weekly portion – 72 mitzvot (commandments). One of them reads, “When you build a new house, then you shall make a parapet for your roof, that you should not bring any blood upon your house, if any person falls…

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2 Elul 5780

August 21, 2020 This week’s Torah portion, Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9), records that before going out to battle, the Israelite troops would gather together to hear from their leaders. The generals would give the orders, and then a cultic priest would step forward and bless the assembled soldiers. He would say to them: “Hear, O Israel! You are…

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25 Av 5780

August 14, 2020  Moses, having  restating the details of the covenant and its broad guiding principles, now turns to the details, which occupy the greater part of the book of Dueteronomy, from chapter 12 to chapter 26. But before he begins with the details, he states a proposition that is the most fundamental one in…

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