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Eikev: Rain, Rain Come Again ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

The Bible uses many words that mean “rain”. The rationale for this might simply be that rainfall was so important to ancient Jewish society who lived in an agrarian civilization. However, given that the words of the Hebrew language bear intrinsic meanings and the Bible is not simply a thesaurus, there must be a deeper … Continue reading Eikev: Rain, Rain Come Again ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Voeschanan: Listen Up! ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

“Listen O heavens, and I will speak, and the earth shall hear the words of my mouth…” (Deut. 32:1). These are the opening words of a poetic song uttered by Moshe shortly before his demise. In this passage the word for “listen” is ha’azinu, while the word for “hear” is tishma. A form of the latter word … Continue reading Voeschanan: Listen Up! ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Devarim: The Number Eleven ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

The Number Eleven In the first three verses of Deuteronomy, the number eleven makes two appearances: “These are the words that Moshe spoke to all Israel… eleven (achad-asar) days from Horeb… in the fortieth year, in the eleventh (ashtei-asar) month…” (Deut. 1:1–3). In this passage, there are two different modes of writing the number eleven: … Continue reading Devarim: The Number Eleven ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

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