Shoftim (Judges): Weekly Torah Portion

 Parashat Shoftim (Judges), פרשת שופטים Devarim/Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9 The most famous line from this Parsha is “tzedek, tzedek tirdof" — "Justice, Justice you shall pursue." (16:20). The fact that justice is said twice signifies the extra care we must take to ensure justice is our top priority. 1. The first instructions in this Parsha are: …

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Beha’alotcha: Weekly Torah Portion (06/13)

Parsha Beha'alotcha / בהעלתך: Bamidbar/Numbers 8:1 - 12:16 D’var Torah The word Beha’alotecha is translated a few different ways: “When You Go Up, When You Step Up (Rashi) or When You Raise Up [The Light].” The Lord spoke to Moses and instructed him to have Aaron set up the seven lamps to shine upon the …

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Moses and The Tablets – Old Story, New Light

Exodus 30:11 - 34:35 Picture it. The 1st of Elul on the Sinai Peninsula, approximately 1,312 BCE. We'll begin our story at the point where Moses/Moshe descends Mt Sinai with the tablets given to him by GD. What does Moshe find after spending 40 days and 40 nights up on the mountain top with GD? …

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