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Devarim – Shabbat Chazon

Devarim is always the sedra read on the Shabbat before the 9th of Av.  It is also one of the few Shabbatot that bears the name of the first word of the haftarah – Shabbat Chazon.  The haftarah is the first chapter of Isaiah – Chazo...

Posted on 26 July 2017, By Alan Orchover

‘The Lord told Moses: Avenge the children of Israel against the Midianites; afterward you will be gathered to your people.’ (Numbers 31: 1-2) The battle against the Midianites is the conclusion of a story that began in Parashat Balak....

Posted on 19 July 2017, By Simon Gordon

Holy Hothead What are we to make of Phinehas (Pinchas), our parashah’s namesake? The Torah itself seems to have an ambivalent attitude toward this grandson of Aaron the High Priest, who was himself to assume that office. He was a man of...

Posted on 12 July 2017, By Rabbi Peretz Rodman