Archive for the Torah Portion Category

Expounding the Torah

The book of Deuteronomy opens, “These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah” (Deuteronomy 1:1). Those words preface more than thirty chapters of Moses continuously talking. The sages puzzled over this. How did the man who […]

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First Glimmer of Redemption

As Israel prepared to cross the Jordan to take the promised land, the tribes of Reuben and Gad and Manasseh petitioned Moses for the Transjordan territory of the Amorites, the lands taken by Israel in the war with Sihon and Og as described in Numbers 21. Though […]

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Religion is a Two-edged Sword

Religion is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, faith in God, trust in Messiah and obedience to God’s commandments is the narrow path that leads to life. It brings peace, joy and purpose to existence. On the other hand, religious convictions can become a source of […]

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