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Ha’azinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52
Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 — “Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt ... you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!” (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) How many times have I erased something, painted over something or thrown something away because something wasn’t right? Many artists discard projects for a variety of reasons while identifying a mistake and envisioning something better.
Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 — Isn’t being a good person enough? This question is at the forefront of reflexive responses when faced with the prospect of embracing organized religion. Let’s assume it’s enough. After all, logic dictates that it’s God’s will as it says, “Do that which is straight and right” (Deuteronomy 6:18).
Re’eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 — Because I am primarily a “visual learner,” I am attracted to the first word of this portion, Re’eh. I remember someone’s phone number better if I have visualized it on a list and I recall experiences better if I can replay them in my head as if they were on a DVR in my brain. It seems to me that our ancestors who went out of Egypt were also visual learners.
Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 — When Moses references the desert that the Jews had just trekked, he uses a lot of adjectives and descriptors. He calls it, “The great, awesome desert; a place of snakes, serpents and scorpions, where there is thirst but no water.”
Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 — It’s been a long, hot summer. There have been so many attacks and deaths that we list them by city – Orlando, Baghdad, Nice, Dallas, Istanbul, Quetta – obscuring individual names beneath the rubble and the blood. Week after week, we wonder why such cruelty exists, and whether someone we love will be hurt. We wonder what can be done to stop the violence.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about the question facing French Jews as anti-Semitism continues to spark violence and fear there.