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: […]

Ekev by Rabbi Patrick Beaulier

“Circumcise … the foreskin of your heart,” G-d says in Devarim 10:16. But how the heck do you hack off the skin around your heart? And by the way, the heart doesn’t have a foreskin! Here’s what I gather: circumcision is a mitzvah because Abraham did it, and so should we, right? On the other […]

Vaetchanan by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Vaetchanan: The End of Moses’s Prophecy by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   The PROPHET Moses speaks:   Cry what shall I cry? All flesh is grass; still, I envisage The Citizen-Soldiers of Shim’on, Judges of Dan, Mariners of Zevulun, and Knights of Judah, David’s-Kingdom-to-Be;   O Israel! When you go storming over the Jordan To […]

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 […]