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Parashat Re’eh

There’s a word which comes up twice in this parsha and nowhere else in the Chumash, the 5 Books of Moses. (It does appear elsewhere in Nach) – belial. The first time we encounter it is in describing a “subverted city”. One whi...

Posted on 13 August 2020, By Rabbi Zahavit Shalev

The Ten Plagues are drawing to a climax. The terrible plague of darkness will shortly descend, and in preparation, God issues some instructions to Moses (according to the JPS Torah translation): Speak now in the ears of the people, and le...

Posted on 10 January 2019, By Zahavit Shalev
Shabbat Chol ha-Moed Sukkot

Kohelet – the Book of Ecclesiastes – which we read on Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot, is a first person account from someone who has been there and done that, a wealthy but world-weary king who asks: ‘What real value (yitron) is there f...

Posted on 26 September 2018, By Rabbi Zahavit Shalev