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Ha’azinu: Forgetting

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Haazinu

Ha’azinu: Forgetting

This week’s Torah portion is a continuation of Moshe’s final oration. In it, he shares the last prophetic vision that will come through him. The Children of Israel will indeed enter the promised land and make it their home. They will prosper there, and grow. But the time will come when they will turn aside from […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Hide and Go Seek

Vayelekh: Hide and Go Seek

This week’s Torah portion, the penultimate reading in the annual cycle, describes Moshe’s last day on earth. It includes this divine foretelling of the future of the Children of Israel: And YHVH said to Moshe: Here, you are soon to lie with your fathers, and now this people will go whoring after the foreign gods of of […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Nitzavim

Nitzavim: Community

This week’s Torah portion opens with a powerful invocation, addressed to the entire community. You, all of you, stand this day, all of you, before YHVH  your God–tribal heads, elders, and officers, all of the men of Israel, children, women, the stranger within your camp, woodchoppers and water drawers–to enter into YHVH your God’s covenant, […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Ki Tavo

Ki Tavo: Be Silent and Know

This week, I’m going to reflect on a verse that appears toward the end of this week’s reading and work backwards toward an earlier verse because I see a strong connection between the two. In the Moshe’s oration to the Children of Israel in last chapter of Ki Tavo we read: Yet until this day YHVH has not given […]

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