Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Brief Note on First Principles – Parsha Re’eh

Parsha Re’eh records a series of discrete lessons. There is no overt relationship amongst the fifty-five laws promulgated in the text. Some are esoteric in nature while others, such as the laws of Kashrut and Shemmitah, remain active. The laws of … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Self Inflicted Injuries – Parsha Eikev

Parsha Eikev continues with the record of Moses’ teachings to the Children of Israel. In a broad and far ranging address, Moses reviews the history of the Israelites from the time of the Exodus and posits direct and dire warnings, as … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on the Laws of War – Parsha Devarim

Parsha Devarim begins with the short phrase, “… these are the words Moses spoke to all of Israel”. It introduced what can be considered Moses’ political and spiritual testament to the Children of Israel. Sefer Devarim is called Deuteronomy, derived from Greek and meaning … Continue reading

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