The Rebellious Son

Parashat Ki Teitzei (When You Go Out) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 21:10–25:19 In this portion of D’varim (Deuteronomy), we read of the punishment of the rebellious and stubborn son, which is death:  If any man has a … Read More

Seeking a King

Parashat Shoftim (Judges) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 16:18–21:9 There is a portion of Scripture in this week’s parasha that I did not give much attention before. It’s significant because it has prophetic elements regarding Israel’s future request … Read More

God’s Order

Parashat Reeh (See or Look) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 11:26–16:19 In this week’s parasha, I noticed a phrase that repeats numerous times: “…that the Lord your God will choose…” The same phrase, or a variation of it, … Read More

Trusting When We Can’t See Part 2

Parashat Ekev (Because of) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 7:12–11:25 As I was preparing to write this week’s blog, I read what I wrote about this parasha one year ago. I felt it is very timely considering the … Read More

Give Him Your All

Parashat Va’etchanan (To Implore or Beg) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 3:23–7:11 In our weekly parasha, we read one of the most famous prayers in Judaism called “The Shema”: Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the … Read More

Taking Matters in our Hands

Parashat D’varim (Words) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 1:1-1–3:22 Have you ever tried to make something right, and in doing so, only made it worse? As I was reading this week’s portion, one specific account caught my attention: … Read More

Whom Can We Trust?

Parashat Mattot (Tribes) & Masei (Journeys) Bamidbar (Numbers) 30:2–32:42 & 33:1–36:13 We live in a world of much uncertainty: the unstable political climate, the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recession in the global economy, etc. I hear … Read More

The Price of Unbelief

Parashat Pinchas Bamidbar (Numbers) 25:10–30:1 In our weekly reading we read, “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Among these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names’” (Numbers … Read More

Right Perspective

Parashat Nasso (Lift Up) Bamidbar (Numbers) 22:2-25:9 In our weekly portion one reads the famous account of Balaam and his donkey as they were on their way to Balak, the King of Moav: So Balaam … Read More

Unwavering Faith

Parashat Chukat (Statute of) Bamidbar (Numbers) 19:1–22:1 It’s easy to criticize people and situations when we’re far removed from them, isn’t it? This is especially true when we read the Bible! As I was reading … Read More