Monthly Archives: July 2018

Va’Ethanan – Thoughts on the Perasha

The name of this Saturday’s Shabbat, as happened last Shabbat, is composed of two words separated by a hyphen; Va’Ethanan – Nahamu, although we read only Perasha VaEthanan. The other word, Nahamu, is actually the name of the Haftara that begins with the word Nahamu, meaning consolation. It is the first Haftara of consolation in a series of […]

Va’Ethanan – Perasha Synopsis

Perashat Va’Ethanan begins by Moshe recounting how he pleaded with G‑d to permit him cross over and enter to see the Land of Israel. Hashem refused his request, telling Moshe never to speak of the matter again, and Moshe blamed the refusal on the Israelites. Instead, G-d directed Moshe to climb a mountain from where […]

Pinehas – Thoughts on the Perasha

The famous song “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” released in 1965 by the group The Byrds says: “To everything there is a season, and there is time to every purpose under Heaven”. Of course, this song is based almost word by word on King Solomon Ecclesiastes 3:  לכל זמן ועת תחת השמים – everything has a season, […]

Pinehas – Perasha Synopsis

Last week’s Perasha concluded with The Israelites settling in Shittim and the Jewsih people began to sin with the daughters of Moab and Midian, who seduce many of the Israelite men to worship the Moabite Baal Peor deity. G‑d. Pinehas, Aharon’s grandson, unilaterally executed a prince from the Tribe of Simeon, Zimri, who publicly displayed […]