Yom Kippur

There are many reasons for us to reflect on the Kol Nidrei prayer. To what it says, and maybe also to what it does not say. Jew haters of many generations used it to point out of the inability to trust those who make vows and then dissolve them by merely going to synagogue and reciting a prayer. This concern, by the way, was already voice in Babylon, with worry that people will not take seriously their undertakings. Some commentators suggest that one may disavow a vow taken only if a genuinely person forgot about it or if there is some extraordinary circumstance to do so. There are three version for the relief from vows undertaken. One speaks of commitments taken in the past, from the previo

Nitzavim Vayelech - weekly Torah portion

This Shabbat we read two portions of the Torah, Nitsavim and VaYelech. Moses continues his parting speech and in each portion of the Torah addresses the following. In the Torah portion of Nitsavim Moses refers to the people attending the event, “your chiefs, your tribes, your elders and your officers, even all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the alien who is within your camps, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water”. In the Torah portion of VaYelech we read, “when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place which He will choose, you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing. Assemble the people, the men and

Ki Tavo - weekly Torah portion

In this last and rather lengthy speech of Moses he also says the following: “This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances. You shall therefore be careful to do and keep them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have today declared the Lord to be your God, and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice.” There various references as to how these commands, statutes, ordinances and ways should be handled. One has to do, and to keep, and to walk. All of them, the commands, the statutes, the ordinances and the ways are in the plural rather than in a singular form of speech. They are a

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