Archive for August, 2009

Ki Teitzei
August 28, 2009

If a son rebels
Breaking the fifth commandment
Parents should flog him

If that doesn’t work
Then they should ask their neighbors
To stone him to death


August 21, 2009

Idol worshippers?
Stone them to death – in public
Severe punishment

But this can happen
Only with testimony
From two witnesses

Another limit
Is that this only applies
In “the settlements”

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August 12, 2009

Curses? Mount Ebal
The blessings? Mount Gerizim
A strange ritual

Ibn Ezra says
Mount Ebal is a scapegoat
Absorbing curses

This week’s haiku were inspired by the commentary of Rabbi Oren J. Hayon in the URJ’s Reform Voices of Torah, part of the wonderful Ten Minutes of Torah email project.

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August 5, 2009

Moses announces
We’ll enter the land despite
Being so stubborn

It’s partly because
G-d promised our ancestors
That we’d have the land

Another reason?
Wickedness of the nations
We’ll be driving out

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