Parashat Eikev / פרשת עקב

Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12 -11:25 The Big IF “If only [i.e. because] you shall hearken to these laws, safeguarding and keeping them, then Hashem your G-d will safeguard for you the covenant and the kindness that He swore to your forefathers.” (Devarim 7:12) If only you shall hearken to these laws – The Hebrew word is “Eikev” which can mean “if only” or “because.” Understood as such, the Torah … Continue reading Parashat Eikev / פרשת עקב

Sparks of Moses

After Moses concluded his farewell address, G-d instructed him to ascend Mount Nebo. G-d showed Moses prophetically the future of the Jewish people. The Torah then concludes with Moses’ death, informing us that no other prophet would ever arise equaling his level of prophecy. Sparks of Moses וַיַּרְאֵהוּ ה’ אֶת כָּל הָאָרֶץ וגו’: (דברים לד:א) G-d showed [Moses] all [that would befall] the Land [of … Continue reading Sparks of Moses

Parshas Ki Seitzei

Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. In the course of history mankind’s most ignoble times have been during war and conflict. It is almost as if we suspend our humanity and regress to our lowest … Continue reading Parshas Ki Seitzei