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Parashat Haazinu October 8, 2022 | 13 Tishrei 5783 Torah: Deuteronomy 32:1-52; Triennial 32:1-52 Haftarah: II Samuel 22:1-51 Bright Wings Ilana Kurshan Parashat Haazinu consists of the poetic song that Moshe sings to the people of Israel before he delivers his deathbed blessing. The song is rich with images that describe God’s relationship with the [...]
Parashat Nitzavim September 24, 2022 | 28 Elul 5782 Torah: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20; Triennial 29:9-30:20 Haftarah: Isaiah 63:1-9 Beyond the Sea Ilana Kurshan Parashat Nitzavim, which we read just before Rosh Hashanah, speaks of the importance of repenting and returning to God after we have sinned. Immediately after the description of returning to God, Moshe tells [...]
Parashat Shoftim September 3, 2022 | 7 Elul 5782 Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9; Triennial 19:14-21:9 Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12-23, 51:22 No Going Back Ilana Kurshan This week’s parashah deals with the administration of justice in the land of Israel, including the laws governing the appointment of a king to rule over the Jewish people. The Torah teaches [...]
Parashat Eikev August 20, 2022 | 23 Av 5782 Torah: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25; Triennial 10:12-11:25 Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3 A Conduit of Blessing Ilana Kurshan In this week’s parashah Moshe prepares the people for their entry into Israel, extolling the virtues of the land they are about to conquer successfully: “For the Lord your God is bringing [...]
Parashat Devarim August 6, 2022 | 9 Av 5782 Torah: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22; Triennial 2:31-3:22 Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27 Moshe’s Memoir Ilana Kurshan The Book of Deuteronomy, which we begin reading this week, presents an interesting paradox to the literary reader of the Bible. It is written in a different style than the earlier biblical books – [...]
Parashat Pinchas July 23, 2022 | 24 Tammuz 5782 Torah: Torah Portion: Numbers 25:10-30:1; Triennial 28:16-30:1 Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 Moshe’s Forced Retirement Ilana Kurshan At the end of the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness, Moshe’s job is terminated prematurely. He is not ready to die, and he wishes that he could accompany the Israelites in [...]