Category Archives: Thoughts of the Perasha

Ha’azinu – Thoughts on the Perasha

We have all heard the expression “The sky is falling!“ Wikipedia explains that it is an idiom derived from the story of Henny Penny, in the fable known as “Chicken Little.” This well known fable’s famous quote has passed into the English language as a common idiom, indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster […]

Ki Tesse – Thought on the Perasha

We have been reading a lot in the newspapers and in the electronic media about captive women and their mistreatment. The wars in Syria and Iraq, in Yemen, and in Africa have brought to light the atrocities committed against women and minors; young and old alike.  Their sale in slave markets, their physical enslavement and […]

Shofetim – Thoughts on the Perasha

Much has been spoken in the last 2 years about secure borders, a wall, and the responsibility of a leader to protect his home, his city or his nation from intruders that have the intent to hurt their host. I believe, everyone agrees that it is important to protect oneself and one’s own territory, from […]

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 […]

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, […]

Shelah Lekha – Thoughts on the Perasha

Shouting fire in a crowded theater” is a popular metaphor for speech or actions made for the principal purpose of creating unnecessary panic. The phrase is a paraphrasing of Justice Oliver Wendell Holme’s Jr.  opinion in the United States Supreme Court. As Justice Holmes wrote:”The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a […]