ABRAHAM’S TENT | Week #43 Softim: Justice, Inside and Out

  In this week’s portion we look at Justice and Judges or Softim in Hebrew (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9). In the last weeks we have looked at how we as individuals should apply the Torah in Eikev and how we are to see the evidence of that application in Re’eh. This week we now move to the communal …

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ABRAHAM’S TENT | Week #40 VA’ETCHANAN: Imploring to G-D

This week ends the three weeks of mourning, and begins the first of seven weeks of consolation toward the New Year of the Lunar calendar (Rosh HaShannah). This week’s portion is called Va’eschanan “I implored” (to G-D) in Hebrew (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11). This begins with Moses explaining that he implored G-D to reconsider letting Moses not …

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ABRAHAM’S TENT | Week #38 Mattos-Masei: Leading the Journeys

This week we conclude the book of Numbers. These two portions are called “Mattos and Masei” which translates “Leaders of the Tribes” and “Journeys” (Numbers 30:2-36:13). These readings are during a period of the Jewish calendar that we remember the three weeks that brought about the destruction of the Temple (Tisha B’Av), both the First …

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ABRAHAM’S TENT | Week #37 Pinchas: Justice in a Just place.

This week’s portion is named after the third High Priest and grandson of Aaron, Pinchas/Phineas (Numbers 25:10-30:1). After Balaam failed to curse the Israelites, Balaam offered one last option to King Balak – to convince the Israelites to curse themselves (Numb. 25:1-3). It worked – the men of Israel were smitten by the Moabite Temple …

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ABRAHAM’S TENT | Week #36 Balak: a Prophet For Profit

This portion of the Torah is called “Balak,” after the king who sent a Gentile prophet to curse Bnei Israel (Numbers 22:2-25:9). Now usually portions of the books of Moses are named in honor of the person or their family. King Balak hires to curse Bnei Israel not with a priest of a false idol, …

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