Devarim: Meet the Deuteronomist

We enter the dog days of summer: the sun burns fiercely; our forays outdoors are humid and steaming. And we prepare for Tisha B’Av, the Ninth Day of the Month of Av, the most tragic day in the Jewish calendar. This Shabbat, we begin our reading and study of the fifth book of the Pentateuch/Chumash: […]

Devarim by Rabbi Patrick Beaulier

Why Jews Make Terrible Buddhists (Parshat Devarim)   When I first started writing dvrei Torah, I sympathized with Moses. It had to be a real pain to wander the desert for forty years with a bunch of whiney Jews that just want to go back into slavery. But now, I’m starting to wonder if Moses […]

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)

Devarim: Moses’s Worrisome Speech by Rabbi David Hartely Mark

Joshua, gray-haired and gray-bearded, a man in his sixties—veteran of many a military campaign as his people marched, complaining, through the trackless Wilderness—entered the black goatskin tent. The air was foul—as though it had not been ventilated sufficiently for a long time. While he unbuckled his sword-belt and carefully stood his battered shield against a tent-pole, he squinted around the interior—

Devarim: A Torah Teaching through Time By David Hartley Mark

Devarim (דברים) Torah: Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22 Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1 – 1:27   Moses: Reader of Torah! You invoke my name every Shabbat, but no one can ever know me, truly. Was I a Desert Shepherd, Egyptian prince, God-sent Savior from Slavery, Commander-in-Chief of an Israelite Army, the First and Wisest Rabbi, or Chief of the […]

Devarim by David Hartley Mark

Call me Avishai ben Bered, of the Tribe of Zevulun, but my name and tribe are not important. I am a recorder, who remembers the stories and chronicles of us Israelites in the Wilderness, to tell my sons and my son’s sons, so that these stories will not be lost, forever. Here it is, another […]

Parsha Devarim By David Hartley Mark

Here it is, another baking-hot, desert day, around 1440 BCE (Before the Christian Era). Poor Old Moses has asked his disciple—more like a son, really—Joshua, to blow the shofar and summon us people from our tents to the central square around the Mishkan, the desert shrine where, they say, the Spirit of our invisible desert […]

Torah Together: Parshat D’varim 5771