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Safe Travels Back Home… דרך צלחה בשובנו הביתה

Nitzavim is definitely one of The 54 best Torah portions we have. In retrospect, this week’s blog post looks more like a “source-sheet” than a blog post… There are just so many good “sayings” here that very little needs to … Continue reading

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Tractate Sukkah: on the Temporary & the Permanent in our lives

Series of shorts delivered on fb as part of Daily Torah Talks & Lunchtime Learning Livestreams with Tel Aviv International Synagogue Sukkah, chapt 1: Closing Yoma & Opening Sukkah:https://www.facebook.com/michal.kohane/videos/503200404309156 Sukkah, chapt 1/2: How big can the Sukkah be?https://www.facebook.com/michal.kohane/videos/227800619203762 Sukkah, chapt … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo… Today!! היום, ביום הזה ממש… כי תבוא

South Hevron Mountain, picking grapes at my friends’ vineyard. “We’ll just do one row”, we think at the start of the day, and by the time the sun is setting we’re barely halfway done. I think of the blessing in … Continue reading

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Building a Railing & Spiritual Care – Torah portion of Ki Tetze- בניית מעקה ודאגה עצמית – פרשת “כי תצא”

כִּ֤י תִבְנֶה֙ בַּ֣יִת חָדָ֔שׁ וְעָשִׂ֥יתָ מַעֲקֶ֖ה לְגַגֶּ֑ךָ וְלֹֽא־תָשִׂ֤ים דָּמִים֙ בְּבֵיתֶ֔ךָ כִּֽי־יִפֹּ֥ל הַנֹּפֵ֖ל מִמֶּֽנּוּ (דברים כב:8)׃ When you build a new house, you shall make a railing for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if … Continue reading

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Justice, justice… at least twice (The Torah portion of Shoftim) – צדק, צדק, לפחות פעמיים… (פרשת שופטים)

“Justice, justice shall you pursue”, claims the Torah loudly. And we wonder, once would be enough! Why twice? (or – ??) “צדק, צדק תרדוף”, קוראת התורה בקול. ואנחנו תוהים, פעם אחת מספיק! למה פעמיים? The legalistic system holds within it … Continue reading

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Jerusalem in the Torah? ירושלים מן התורה, מנין?

…. but look only to the site that the LORD your God will choose amidst all your tribes as His habitation, to establish His name there. There you are to go…. …. כִּ֠י אִֽם־אֶל־הַמָּק֞וֹם אֲשֶׁר־יִבְחַ֨ר ה’ אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם֙ מִכׇּל־שִׁבְטֵיכֶ֔ם לָשׂ֥וּם אֶת־שְׁמ֖וֹ … Continue reading

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For Hashem your God is bringing you into a good land… כִּ֚י ה’ אֱלֹהֶ֔יךָ מְבִֽיאֲךָ֖ אֶל־אֶ֣רֶץ טוֹבָ֑ה….

I am 4-5 years old, trying to catch up with my grandfather’s muddy boots lost in the grass ahead of me as we’re going to water the orange grove he planted long before I was born. Along the way he … Continue reading

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Love & Comfort: Shabbat Nachamu & the Torah portion of Va’etchanan – אהבה ונחמה: שבת “נחמו” ופרשת “ואתחנן”

Turns out that I’m doing my Shabbat food shopping at the supermarket in Ariel, in the heart of the Shomron. Having spent too many hours reading too many opinions regarding Ben & Jerry’s last move, I’m pretty shocked to find … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chazon, before the 9th of Av: Blue, White & Orange ת חזון, לפני ט’ באב, כחול, לבן וכתום

The days before the 9th of Av are somber: once upon a time a glorious Temple stood in Jerusalem. It was destroyed, and the destiny of the Jewish people changed forever. Since then, and because of that, we’ve experienced exile, … Continue reading

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Staying together… נשארים עם אחד

Moses is quite shocked when two tribes approach him, and ask to stay on the other, i.e. eastern side of the Jordan. As we almost reach the end of the Book of Numbers (chap 32) and the end of the … Continue reading

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