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Ekev: Bless what Comes and Bless what Goes

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Ekev 2016

Ekev: Bless what Comes and Bless what Goes

This week’s reading, Ekev, is a continuation of Moses’ final orations. The portion includes promises, rebukes, reminders and a review of significant events. It also includes the following instruction: When you have eaten and have been be satisfied, bless… (Deuteronomy 8:10) A few verses later, Moses explains the importance of expressing gratitude once our desires have […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Va'etkhanan

Va’etkhanan: Paying Attention

I’m just back from a silent mindfulness and insight (vipassana) meditation retreat, so it’s no surprise that the following line from this week’s reading (Va’etkhanan) jumped out at me. After all, it sounds a lot like the meditation instructions I’d just received and diligently practiced. Watch your self so that you don’t forget the things […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Devarim

Devarim: Moving On

This week, we begin the fifth and final book of the Torah, known in English as Deuteronomy.  Devarim, the Hebrew title of the book is also the name of the first portion. Just a few verses in, Moses speaks the following words: YHVH our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, “Long enough you have stayed […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Mattot-Massei

Mattot-Massei: Illusions

This week’s reading (Mattot-Massei) is full of challenges. It opens by placing restrictions on the behavior of wives and daughters. It continues with a divinely ordained war of retribution against Midian and its ugly aftermath. Frankly, these are the kinds of things that give the Bible (and organized religion) a bad name, and I have […]

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