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Aryeh MinkovStarting a New Chumash
Our great teacher Moshe begins his final oration to the Jewish people in this week's Torah portion.
  • Staying Young
    Somehow Moses defied the law of entropy that states that all systems lose energy over time. Why was his energy unabated? Because his eyes were undimmed.
  • A Leader’s Call to Responsibility
    When words take wing, they modulate into song. That is what they do here in Ha’azinu as Moses, with the Angel of Death already in sight, prepares to take leave of this life.
  • Hut One, Hut Two..
    Moshe’s final speech is really biting & critical. So much talk about all the negative things that can & will happen to us if we stray from G-d. I ask you: Is this really how Moshe wants to be remembered?
  • Nature's Testimony
    These last chapters of the Torah, culminating in this week's reading, are all very serious and have an almost fearsome quality and tone. Heaven and earth are called upon to be the ultimate witnesses regarding the covenant that the Lord has made with Israel for all time.
  • Hashem, Our Protector
    Parashat Ha’azinu comes out a couple of days before Sukkot, and it is instructive to look for themes that are common to the two.
  • Properly Channeling the Desire for Spirituality
    The holiest day, Yom Kippur, and its preceding day contain apparently polar opposite elements – the firm requirement to fast on Yom Kippur and the requirement to eat on Erev Yom Kippur. When one eats then, it is equivalent to one who fasted both days. What is the nature of this dichotomy?
  • Consensus vs. Command?
    What do you say to your successor? What advice do you give him or her? Vayelech is the place to look for the answer, because it is here that Moses finally handed the reins over to Joshua.
  • Near the End
    Our teacher Moshe is described in the Parsha as being near the end of his life in this world. Yet, the Torah also describes that he was able to climb mountains, and gather the Jewish people at his feet.
  • Teshuva Is the Answer
    This last Sedra of the year, Nitzavim, seems perfect as a precursor to Rosh Hashana. The sedra reiterates the bond & covenant we have with the Eternal.
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