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Parasha on Parenting: Vaetchanan

This week’s parasha contains the mitzvah (commandment) of talmud Torah, to transmit the Torah’s teachings.  “You shall teach them diligently to your children.  Speak of them when you sit in your…Continue

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Started Aug 11, 2011

 

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Women in Torah: Tziporah

In this week’s Torah portion, named for Moshe’s (Moses’) father-in-law, Yitro (Jethro), “Yitro took Tziporah, Moshe’s wife, after she had been sent away…Moshe’s father-in-law,, Yitro, and his [Moshe’s] sons and his wife came to Moshe, to the desert where he was encamped, to the mountain of G-d.”Moshe first meets his future wife, Tziporah, in parashat Shemot. Moshe flees from Egypt to Midian and sits near a well where Tziporah and her six sisters are harassed by a group of shepherds. Rashi…See More
Feb 1, 2013
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Women in Tanach: Devorah & Yael

This week’s Haftorah contains the Song of Devorah. The Haftorah, found in Shoftim/Judges 4-5), corresponds to the weekly Torah portion in which the sea splits, the enemies drown, and Moshe (Moses) and Miriam sing in gratitude to G-d for the miraculous salvation of the Jewish People. The Song of Devorah similarly celebrates the miraculous victory of a small army of Israelites over a huge force of Canaanites.Devorah is a judge and prophetess. “She would sit under the date palm of Devorah…and the…See More
Jan 24, 2013
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"I've got a new blog about the women in the weekly Torah/Haftorah portion. Please check it out: womenintanach.blogspot.com."
Jan 24, 2013
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This Week in Torah: Time for Change

The New Year represents a time for change. We are not condemned to repeat the same patterns of behavior of past years; we are urged to examine our past, learn from it and make changes that can improve our future and that of our children.  Nor are we destined to be the same kind of parents as our own parents if we choose not to be.  Just as our parents made decisions based on the circumstances and the times in which they lived, so must we carefully consider the changes dictated by current times…See More
Sep 27, 2012
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This week in Torah: From Oy to Joy

As parents, we must show our children that we serve G-d with joy. If we show we are happy to help others and to perform mitzvot, our children will grow up knowing that avodat Hashem, doing what G-d asks us to do, is the formula for true and lasting happiness. Our children need to see that we have a relationship with G-d, and that we perform mitzvot because we love, and are grateful, to G-d.***This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, begins with the mitzvah (commandment) of bikkurim, offering the…See More
Sep 7, 2012
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This Week in Torah: Fighting The Green-Eyed Monster

As parents, we must recognize that our children have different temperaments, maturity and abilities. We should be aware that, because of their different dispositions, there may be situations in which it is inadvisable for certain siblings to play together, to work together on a project or even to share a bedroom. However, we should never compare children, for each has his or her own unique gifts and talents, and each has his or her own contribution to make. Further, we should be careful not to…See More
Aug 30, 2012
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This Week in Torah: When One Size Doesn't Fit All

This week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, begins with the mitzvah (commandment) to appoint shoftim (judges) and court officers. No sooner is the mitzvah given than it is interrupted by two prohibitions against idolatry that seem to be out of place and unrelated to the opening mitzvah. “You shall not plant for yourself an ashera, [or] any tree, near the altar of the L-rd, your G-d, which you shall make for yourself. And you shall not set up for yourself a matzeva (monument), which the L-rd your G-d…See More
Aug 23, 2012
Devorah Landau commented on miriam herman's blog post 'Seeing The Light Through My Children'
"Wonderful! May you continue to grow and may you merit to have children who are Torah scholars, who love G-d and who fill the world with good deeds."
Aug 17, 2012
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This Week in Torah: When Parents Give

This week’s Torah portion, Re'eh, contains the mitzvah (commandment) and obligation to give tzedaka, monetary support to those in need. The word tzedaka often is translated as “charity”. The correct translation is “righteousness”. It is not merely a charitable act to give to the poor; it is every person’s obligation.“If there will be among you a needy person…you shall not harden your heart, and you shall not close your hand…Rather, you shall surely open your hand to him, and you shall lend him…See More
Aug 17, 2012
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This Week in Torah: When Parents Punish

This week, we read Parashat Eikev. Moshe (Moses) continues giving his final address to the Children of Israel. “And you shall remember the entire way on which the L-rd your G-d led you these forty years in the desert, in order to afflict you, to test you, to know what is in your heart…You shall know in your heart that just as a man chastises his son, so does the L-rd your G-d chastise you.”When he references a man’s chastisement of his son, what does Moshe convey about our relationship with G-d…See More
Aug 10, 2012
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This Week in Torah: Answered Prayers

This week’s parasha opens with Moshe (Moses) telling the people that he beseeched G-d to change His decree and allow Moshe to enter the Land of Israel. “I entreated (va’etchanan) the L-rd at that time saying…please let me cross over and see the good Land that is on the other side of the Jordan…” G-d answers but does not withdraw the decree. “Speak to me no more regarding this matter. Go to the top of the hill and lift your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward and see with your…See More
Aug 3, 2012
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This Week in Torah: When Children Hate

This week begins the fifth and final book of Torah, Devarim (Deuteronomy). Near the end of his life and the conclusion of the 40-year journey in the desert, Moshe (Moses) addresses the Children of Israel. He reviews the events that occurred during the journey and the laws given. In going over the story of the spies who reported negatively about the Land of Israel, Moshe says: “You spoke slanderously in your tents and said, ‘Because the L-rd hates us, he took us out of the land of Egypt, to…See More
Jul 27, 2012
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This Week in Torah: When Parents Promise

Parents should be careful not to make promises, or to say anything that might be construed as a promise, unless we fully intend to follow through. Our children count on us to meet their needs and to fulfill their reasonable requests. Broken promises betray a child’s trust and do lasting damage to the parent-child bond.This week’s Torah portion, Matot-Masei, begins with the laws concerning vows and oaths. “Moshe spoke to the Roshei haMatot [heads of the tribes] of the Children of Israel, saying…See More
Jul 19, 2012
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Parasha on Parenting: Pinchas

In this week’s parasha G-d tells Moshe to apportion the Land to each of the tribes as an inheritance. The five daughters of Tzlaphchad petition Moshe: “Our father died in the desert…and he had no sons…Give us a portion along with our father’s brothers.” The Midrash tells that the daughters’ request inspires Moshe to ask G-d to designate his two sons as his successor. (Later in the parasha, G-d appoints Yehoshua (Joshua) instead.)It appears as if Tzlafchad’s daughters ask for material…See More
Jul 12, 2012
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Parasha on Parenting: Balak

In this week’s parasha the gentile prophet Bilam tries to curse the Jewish people but G-d intervenes and turns his curses into blessings. Our Sages tell us that the prophetic powers of Bilam were equal to those of Moshe (Moses). Both Bilam and Moshe were able to communicate with G-d, but they had different experiences. Torah here says “And G-d chanced upon (vayikar) Bilaam…” whereas Torah says “And He called to (vayikra) Moshe…” (Vayikra/Leviticus 1:1).The commentators note that the difference…See More
Jul 5, 2012
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Parasha on Parenting: Chukat

In this week’s parasha, Moshe’s brother, the Kohen Gadol Aharon (High Priest Aaron), dies. “The whole congregation saw that Aharon had expired, and the entire House of Israel (kol bet Yisroel) wept for Aharon for thirty days.” The commentators contrast Aharon’s passing with that of Moshe, recounted at the end of Torah (Devarim/Deuteronomy 34:8): “And the sons of Israel (B’nai Yisroel) wept for Moshe in the plains of Moab for thirty days...”Why is the mourning said to be greater for Aharon than…See More
Jun 29, 2012

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Women in Torah: Tziporah

In this week’s Torah portion, named for Moshe’s (Moses’) father-in-law, Yitro (Jethro), “Yitro took Tziporah, Moshe’s wife, after she had been sent awayMoshe’s father-in-law,, Yitro, and his [Moshe’s] sons and his wife came to Moshe, to the desert where he was encamped, to the mountain of G-d.

Moshe first meets his future wife, Tziporah, in parashat Shemot. Moshe flees from Egypt to Midian and sits near a well where Tziporah and her six sisters are harassed by a…

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Posted on February 1, 2013 at 11:35am

Women in Tanach: Devorah & Yael

This week’s Haftorah contains the Song of Devorah. The Haftorah, found in Shoftim/Judges 4-5), corresponds to the weekly Torah portion in which the sea splits, the enemies drown, and Moshe (Moses) and Miriam sing in gratitude to G-d for the miraculous salvation of the Jewish People. The Song of Devorah similarly celebrates the miraculous victory of a small army of Israelites over a huge force of Canaanites.

Devorah is a judge and prophetess. “She would sit under the date…

Continue

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 11:44pm

This Week in Torah: Time for Change

The New Year represents a time for change. We are not condemned to repeat the same patterns of behavior of past years; we are urged to examine our past, learn from it and make changes that can improve our future and that of our children.  Nor are we destined to be the same kind of parents as our own parents if we choose not to be.  Just as our parents made decisions based on the circumstances and the times in which they lived, so must we carefully consider the changes dictated by current…

Continue

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 9:29am

This week in Torah: From Oy to Joy

As parents, we must show our children that we serve G-d with joy. If we show we are happy to help others and to perform mitzvot, our children will grow up knowing that avodat Hashem, doing what G-d asks us to do, is the formula for true and lasting happiness. Our children need to see that we have a relationship with G-d, and that we perform mitzvot because we love, and are grateful, to G-d.

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This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, begins with the…

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Posted on September 7, 2012 at 1:40pm

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At 4:45pm on May 12, 2012, Esther Chaix said…

Hi Devorah !

I read your comment on my blog. I don't have too many informations about what the french jewish community thinks about the election of our new President but when I'll know I'll tell by writing a blog post !

 
 
 
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