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Teachings

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Nitzavim(Standing) D’Varim (Deut.) 29:9-30:20

Nitzavim(Standing) D’Varim (Deut.) 29:9-30:20

Haftorah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9

I read a very interesting essay about our Torah portion this week. I would like to share with you some of the thoughts that arose from this reading.

What do you believe is the point of our faith? Is it life on earth or death and being in heaven? There is a famous quote from a book about Sherlock Holmes that might help us find an answer to my question. “I draw your attention”, he said to Dr. Watson, “to the curious incident of the dog at night.” “But the dog did nothing at night,” said Watson. “That,” said Holmes, “is the curious incident.” Sometimes to know what a book is about you need to focus on what it does not say, not just on what it does say.

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Ki Tavo(When you come)D’Varim (Deut.) 26-29

Torah Portion: Ki Tavo(When you come) D’Varim (Deut.) 26:1-29:8

Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 60:1-22

Messianic Scripture  Matthew 13:1-23; Luke 21:1-4; Acts 28:17-31

Today we read a Torah portion that takes place on the east bank of the Jordan river. It contains some of Moshe’s remark’s to the people that are meant to sustain them after they cross over the Jordan.  I believe all of us can take comfort in these words as we walk through our days.

I would like to begin with the words of Deut. 26:5-8, “And you shall declare before the L-rd your G-d, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous.And the Egyptians treated us harshly and humiliated us and laid on us hard labor. Then we cried to the L-rd, the G-d of our fathers, and the L-rd heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. And the L-rd brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders.”

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Ki Tetze(When you go out) D’Varim-Deut.) 21-25

Ki Tetze(When you go out) D’Varim (Deut.) 21:10-25:19
Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 54:1-10
Messianic Scripture  Matthew 5:31-32; Mark 10:2-12, 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-38
 
This Sabbath we read a Torah portion that contains more commandments than any other portion read during the year. When reading this portion it is tempting to skim over the verses without taking the time to really grasp what they are saying to us.
 
However, when we take the time to contemplate the verses we can see an overall subject. This subject, how we treat our fellow man, seems to be the dominant message of these commandments. There is a wide range of subjects ranging from a woman taken in battle down to how to deal with interest on a loan.

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