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Teachings

Below are the teachings from our weekly Torah Studies.  If you would like to join us, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can let you know where and when we meet.

Shoftim (Judges) D’varim (Deut) 16-21

Torah Portion:  Shoftim (Judges) D’varim (Deut) 16-21

Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 51:12-53:12

This Torah portion holds a special place in my memory. I know I have told you before but bear with me while I share with you what causes me to remember this portion each year.

In September 1996, during the week leading up to this Torah portion, I was sitting at my desk in a school where I worked in downtown Jerusalem. The school occupied the second and third floor of a building. A little past noon I was on my way down the stairs to go to the dorm to check on some needed repairs when the secretary called me back upstairs to answer a phone call. Just as I sat down to take the call there was an enormous explosion that shook the building, blowing out windows. I sat stunned for a second. Then realizing what had occurred I ran down the stairs to a scene from a horror movie. Three terrorists had blown themselves up. I believe 10 people died in the explosion, mainly children who had come downtown to buy school supplies.  Each year as I read this portion about the man found dead in the field I remember that day.

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Re'eh (See) D'Varim (Deut) 11-15

Torah Portion:  Re’eh (See) D’varim (Deut) 11-16

Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 54:11-55:5

This week our Torah portion is Re’eh or See. If you remember last week we read Ekev which contained part of the Shema or “Hear.” Today I want us to look at these two words and discern what G-d is saying to us through them.

However, first there are some other points I would like us to explore as well.  I would like to start with the introduction of a specific place of worship that G-d would choose once the people crossed over the Jordan River. We see this thought spoken about in Deut. 12:5. As we know from our readings of the Ten Commandments all forms of idol worship were looked at as a grave sin.  This choice of a central place of worship was to help the people guard against idol worship. Only service of the one true G-d would be permitted.  In Re’eh we also read where three holidays are talked about in chapter 16. Why did Moshe pick out only these three, Pesach, Shavuot and Succot? I think again to stress the centrality of Jerusalem to the people. These three holidays are the three that involved an annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

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Ekev(Because) D’varim (Deut) 7:12-11:25

Torah Portion:  Ekev(Because) D’varim (Deut) 7:12-11:25

Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 49:14-51:3

The Torah portion this week contains so many issues that should inspire us in our walk with the Father. Here we find the second paragraph of the Shema in Deut. 11:13-21, the description of the Land of Israel and G-d’s presence always looking after it in Deut. 11:10 through chapter 12.

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