Giving Him Our Best

Parashat Ki Tavo (When You Come) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 26:1-29:8 Haftarah: Isaiah 60:1-22 It’s easy to allow important things to become meaningless habits. At times, there are things that we say and do that can easily … Read More

Extending Divine Grace to Others

Parashat Ki Teitzei (When You Go Out) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 21:10-25:19 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-10 As I was reading this week’s portion, the word “grace” kept coming to me. As I write this commentary, I sense that … Read More

Wake Up!

Parashat Shoftim (Judges) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 16:18 -21:9 Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12 I titled this week’s commentary “Wake Up”, since I believe that we followers of Messiah need to wake up – wake up to the existence … Read More

Jerusalem: Aligning Our Hearts with God’s

Parashat Re’eh (See or Look) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 11:26-16:19 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:11-55:5 Recently, I had the privilege to share a message at one of our partner congregations in the United States. The message that I prepared … Read More

The Difference Between God and Men

Parashat Ekev (Because of ) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25 Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3 Many years ago, as a young man who just enlisted in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force), I received a small pocketbook of Psalms. Back … Read More

When Worries Become Idols

Parashat Va’etchanan (To Implore or Beg…) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 3:23–7:11 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1–26 We live in some very interesting days, where we see some serious changes happening in front of our own eyes in many different … Read More

A Vision of Restoration

Parashat D’varim (Words) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 1:1-3:22 Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1–27 Shabbat Hazon (Vision) This week’s reading from the Haftarah is the last of the three weeks’ reading prior to the ninth of Av (known as Tisha … Read More

Ordinary People; Extraordinary Obedience

Parashat Ha’azinu (Listen) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 32:1–52 Haftarah: 2 Samuel 22:1–51 As I was reading this week’s portion, I was reminded of a very special moment in my life that took place this last May. Before, … Read More

Returning to Him

Parashat Vayelech (He Went) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 31:1-30 Haftarah: Hosea 14:2-10, Joel 2:11-27, Micah 7:18-20 Shabbat Shuvah This Shabbat is a special Shabbat called “Shabbat Shuvah” (return) or “Teshuva” (To return). It falls during the 10 … Read More

He Rejoices Over You

Parashat Nitzavim (Standing) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 29:9-30:20 Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9 In this week’s Parashah, we read some of the most beautiful words of exhortation that I believe we will find in all of Scripture: “So it … Read More