Archive for the ‘Deuteronomy / Devarim’ Category

Ha’azinu
September 24, 2009

Moshe’s final speech
Then G-d tells him that it’s time
To climb Mt. Nebo


There Moses will die
Punishment for faithlessness
When he struck the rock

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Nitzavim / Vayeilech
September 10, 2009

Moses says goodbye
Tells us to be strong and brave
G-d will not fail us

Ki Tavo
September 6, 2009

Worship idols? Cursed.
The people all say, “Amen”
Obey the laws? Blessed

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

Shoftim
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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R’eih
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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Eikev
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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Va-et’chanan
July 29, 2009

Moe recalls that G-d
Said “You won’t enter the land”
‘Cause of what he did


But in retelling
It becomes the peoples’ fault
Revisionism?

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Devarim
July 21, 2009

Nothing new this week
Moses reads diary of
Forty desert years


Of course, he recalls
The people’s lack of faith when
He sent out the spies

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V’zot Ha-b’rachah
October 21, 2008

No other prophet

Will arise like Moses, who

Knew G-d face to face