Deuteronomy – Dvarim

The Torah’s final three commandments

Sep 21, 20121 Comment

This week’s parashah, Vayelech, contains the Torah’s 613th and final mitzvah (commandment), to write a Sefer Torah (Torah scroll), just as Moshe Rabbeinu did. Parashat

All Jews are kings

Sep 14, 20121 Comment

Parashat Nitzavim begins with two verses enumerating the ten levels of Jewish souls that comprise the entire Jewish people. From the most important tribal leaders

Tuning into Today

Sep 12, 2012No Comments

In this week’s parashah, Parashat Nitzavim, Moses gathers the entire Jewish people before God and formulates a covenant between them, beginning with the words, “You

A holy nation

Sep 07, 2012No Comments

Walking in God’s ways In Parashat Ki Tavo, we read the blessings that the Jewish people merit when we follow God’s commandments and the curses

Returning to a virgin state

Aug 30, 20122 Comments

Elul is the month of Divine compassion, the month in which we hear the blast of the shofar and are inspired to return wholeheartedly to

Purifying the Power of Speech

Aug 30, 2012No Comments

In the part of the Zohar called Ra’aya Meheimna, Moses’ soul root reveals Torah secrets to Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his students. The Ra’aya

Seven state officials

Aug 23, 20121 Comment

The opening sentence of this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shoftim, is “You shall place Judges and law enforcers at all of your gates that Havayah,

Mind over heart

Aug 23, 2012No Comments

Shoftim is the 48th parashah of the Pentateuch. The number 48 is the numerical value of the word “mind” (מֹחַ), which immediately associates us with

The Blessed Kingdom

Aug 16, 2012No Comments

The Cursed Kingdoms The first verse in Parashat Re’eh contains seven words, which correspond to the seven emotive sefirot (from loving-kindness to kingdom). The seventh

The blessing of the tzadik

Aug 15, 2012No Comments

Parashat Re’eh begins with a seven-word verse, “Behold, I give before you today blessing and curse” (רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָה). As with