Category Archives: Thoughts of the Perasha

Bereshit – Thoughts on the Perasha

As we begin the cycle of Torah reading and start anew with Perashat Bereshit, I realize how appropriate it is for us to read this portion immediately after the period of the High Holidays.  We spent the days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur contemplating ourselves, trying to figure out who we are, how we […]

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, […]