Deuteronomy – Dvarim

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

Drawing down blessing from Above

Aug 10, 2012No Comments

The Zohar on parashat Eikev discusses the verse, “You will eat and be satisfied and you shall bless Havayah, your God for the good land

Completing Moses’ task

Aug 03, 2012No Comments

On the verse in this week’s parashah, “You have begun to show your servant…” the Zohar asks, What beginning is the verse referring to? It

The gift of prayer

Aug 01, 20122 Comments

The Holy Land– the greatest gift of all The opening verse of this week’s Torah portion begins Moses’ account of how he prayed to enter

Devarim: Perceptive counseling (b)

Jul 27, 20121 Comment

Seven traits of perception for a good counselor In this week’s Torah portion, we learn how Moses sought wise, perceptive and well-known men to be

Devarim: Perceptive counseling (a)

Jul 27, 20121 Comment

Wise judges At the beginning of the Torah portion of Devarim, Moses begins his final speech and directive to the Jewish people before they enter