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Early and Late

It was 5am. It was also 6am. It was just in time. It was long overdue. The month of Elul began today, but as I write this post, the auspicious first day – Rosh Chodesh (the last one of the year) is almost over. My alarm clock went off at 5am Central Time because that’s where I am this week. But since I normally live on Eastern Standard time, my internal clock told me it was 6am. Regardless of... read more

Double Portion: Challah Re’eh

Filed under “better late than never”. Sharon did her job admirably, getting the pictures of this weeks’ challah to me. I just ran out of day before I ran out of work, and couldn’t get them posted. Even though we are now looking forward to Shoftim, I wanted to make sure you all had a chance to appreciate Sharon’s insight and artistry. Her caption for the challah: “When... read more

Shabbat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9)

Parsha Shoftim deals a lot with the idea of equity, fairness, equality, and keeping Israelite society on an equal footing. It talks about how a king (should the Israelites choose one in the future) should behave and be guided; how to set up a court of law; how to deal with unsolved murders (this was before the days of “CSI: Jerusalem”); and more. Most notable in this portion is the phrase... read more

Shabbat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

In parashat Re’eh, we get back down to the nitty-gritty of Jewish life. Some of the key points this week are the commandment not consuming blood (stated twice for emphasis), to destroy the idols and worship places when entering Canaan, the need to gather 3 times a year (Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot), and to avoid false prophets. It could be interpreted that the central theme in all of this is doing that... read more

Double Portion: Challah Eikev

In what has become a delightful weekly “extra” here at EdibleTorah, Sharon Rosenzweig (half of the brilliantly creative team that brings us The Comic Torah) has shared her amazing (pre-baking) challah creation with before-and-after versions. Her explanation: “Parshat Eikev, in which Moses lets us know it’s time to give up the idols– No more Molech in the promised land!... read more

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