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Eikev: Heal the Heel and Walk the Straight Path ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Parshas עֵקֶב Heal the Heel and Walk the Straight Path עֵקֶב: if only, to step upon, because of, end reward עֵקֶב: heel  עִיקוּב: curved יַעַקֹב: Yaakov, deception, sidestepping עִקְבְתָא דִּמְשִׁיחָא: the footsteps of the Mashiach וְהָיָה עֵקֶב תִּשְׁמְעוּן אֵת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים הָאֵלֶּה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם וְשָׁמַר ה' אֱ-לֹהֶיךָ לְךָ אֶת הַבְּרִית וְאֶת הַחֶסֶד אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ  … Continue reading Eikev: Heal the Heel and Walk the Straight Path ~ Tzvi Abrahams

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