Monthly Archives: July 2015

Random Musing Before Shabbat–D’varim 5775–Kumu V’ivru (Revised 5760)

Parasha D’varim is a retelling. You might think that Moshe rabbeinu might have started this retelling with the story of the Israelite sojourn into Egypt, descent into slavery, and our miraculous delivery from Pharaoh and Egyptian slavery. (Like our Pesakh … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Matot-Masei 5775–Mei-eit Harav Tarbu Umei-eit Hamat Tamitu

My thoughts this week are simple, and based on one short verse from parashat Matot-Masei, Bamidbar 35:8 וְהֶֽעָרִים אֲשֶׁר תִּתְּנוּ מֵֽאֲחֻזַּת בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵאֵת הָרַב תַּרְבּוּ וּמֵאֵת הַמְעַט תַּמְעִיטוּ אִישׁ כְּפִי נַֽחֲלָתוֹ אֲשֶׁר יִנְחָלוּ יִתֵּן מֵֽעָרָיו לַֽלְוִיִּֽם In assigning towns from … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Pinkhas 5775–Why is This Rebuke..yadda, yadda, yadda (an expansion on 5769)

Now you’ll have to wait another twenty years, until 5795, before you get to hear the regular haftarah reading for parashat Pinkhas. For the next twenty years, the reading of parshat Pinkhas occurs after the 17th of Tammuz, meaning we … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Balak 5775-Stymied

Everything about this story is wrong. The extensive amount of midrash that exists around the story is testament enough to its bizarre construction. I don’t even know where to begin with this story. As a rhetorical device, it superficially appears … Continue reading

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