Noach by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

A Report from Noah’s Next-Door Neighbor by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   These are the generations of Noah. Noah was in his generation a purely righteous man: Noah walked with GOD. …And the earth was depraved before God, and  replete with violence. …And God said unto Noah: I am putting an end to all flesh; […]

Beraysheet by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Beraysheet: A Few Words from God the Creator by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   Another year gone by so quickly—and here we are again, at My Creation. What do I think of men and women today? When I remember the Past (which I do in great detail), well, Humankind, it’s a been quite a ride. […]

Chol HaMoed by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Intermediate Shabbat of Sukkot: Watching Moses from Afar by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   I was there through it all. My name is Safkan ben Mesorah, eighteen rains old, and I belong to the Tribe of Benjamin. Poppa always told me, “Be proud of your tribe, Son. We are small, but powerful. And we were […]

Haazinu by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Haazinu: An Adaptation for 2018 By Rabbi David Hartley Mark                                         Blossom, O Heavens, when I invoke,                                       Let the round Earth attend to my saga;                                       We laud the LORD, Maker of Heaven and Earth—                                       For all of our lives, He’s the Author.                                         We mortals are human, and oft miss […]

Vayelech by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

I, Gershom ben Moses By David Hartley Mark   Call me Gershom. You may have never heard of me, but I am the firstborn son of Moses. And yet, you have never heard of me, Stranger. Well, why not? Poppa never had much of a home life—oh, but Momma loved him so much!—Zipporah was her […]

Nitzavim by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Nitzavim by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   You stand this day, all of you, before the LORD your GOD—every man and woman of Israel…from the woodcutters to the water-drawers—to enter into the Covenant with the LORD your GOD…. And not with you alone do I enact this Covenant, with those who are standing with us […]

Ki Tavo by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Kee Tavo: The Blessing and the Curse by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   Scene: The journey to Mt. Gerizim and to Mt. Ebal, there to receive the Blessing and the Curse from God (Deut. 27:11-14). The words of the Curse are the harshest to be found in the entire Torah, and remain controversial to this […]

Ki Teitzei by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Kee Taytsay: Imagine a World of Women-Rule by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   “A man marries a woman and has relations with her. If he decides he doesn’t like her anymore, and he starts a false rumor that she wasn’t a virgin when they married, the parents of the woman shall stand before the Elder […]

Shoftim by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Shoftim By Rabbi David Hartley Mark   “When you enter the land which the LORD your God is giving you…let no one be found among you who is a sorcerer, a soothsayer, a diviner, a magician, one who casts spells, or one who consults ghosts….”   –Deut. 18:9-11   Who’s that? The constable? Oh, it’s you, […]

Re’eh by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Re’eh: Two Young Sentries at War By Rabbi David Hartley Mark   “When you cross the Jordan River and settle in the Land into which the LORD your God is bequeathing to you, and He gives you rest from all your enemies round about, you [will] settle there in security.” –Deut. 12:10 (adapted)   Scene: […]