Re’eh 5769

Introductory Thoughts As we near the close of the Torah, we find that Moshe (Moses) begins to make frequent reference to the idea of rewards and punishments, or “blessings and curses”. Many people like to think that these conditions are directed towards individuals. However, that is not what the text indicates. Hashem expects the entire community of Israel to keep […]

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Parsha Re’eh 5773

Campfire Torah 5773 Parsha Re’eh “See!”   Last time we were together, Moshe emphasized the positive outcomes that we will receive for obedience to the suzerain treaty that our fathers signed onto with Adonai, our God. He closed out with assurances that we will be unbeatable as long as we go in the way of Hashem, and follow his instructions. […]

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Parsha Devarim 5773

Campfire Torah 5773 Parsha Devarim “Words”   “OK, everybody… gather ‘round and listen up! We are about ready to enter into the new Land of Promise. Sometimes, it felt like we would never get here! But now, we stand on the borders of our new home. For those who haven’t been keeping up with my “Campfire Torah” presentations for the […]

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Parsha Mattot-Masei 5773

Campfire Torah 5773 Parsha Mattot-Masei “Tribes-Journeys”   Going on the Offensive “Alright, everybody! Let’s gather around for one last story-telling session. We’ll have a few more times together, as I summarize the Torah for the current generation, but we are now caught up to the present. Last time together, we learned about the importance of Pinchas’ action in bringing a […]

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Parsha Pinchas 5773

Campfire Torah 5773 Parsha Pinchas “Phinehas”   The End of the Plague “As a result of his bold action against the traitorous leader, Zimri, the plague was averted and Pinchas was rewarded with a perpetual covenant of peace. This man is destined for great things in Israel, being thus blessed by Hashem. Some think he was too rash in killing […]

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Parsha Chukkat 5773

Campfire Torah 5773 Parsha Chukkat “Statutes”   Greetings, my friends! Welcome to our regular gathering around the campfire, where we listen each week as Moshe tells the stories of our wanderings. He’s getting old now, and wants to make sure that our history does not die with him. He has been such a great leader! But times have not always […]

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Parsha Bamidbar 5773

Campfire Torah 5773 Parsha Bamidbar “In the Wilderness”   Shalom, shalom, friend! We recently completed the instructions regarding the maintenance of the Mishkan, and how we should live differently from the nations around us. Now it is time to start reviewing how it came to be that we are living out here in this dead, dry wilderness.

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Parsha Emor 5773

Campfire Torah 5773 Parsha Emor “Speak”   Hey, friend! Welcome back to our regular time of listening to our family stories. You know, when Moshe announced he was going to be talking about the regulations for the cohanim, I thought the stories would become boring. I mean, we’re not from the tribe of Levi, so the priestly laws don’t really […]

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