Deuteronomy – דְּבָרִים

Where Did Moses Go?

Where Did Moses Go?

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Va-Yelech’ {וילך} (Hebrew for ’Then He Went’). This is the ninth ‘Parashah’ in the

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When You Go Out to War – War Against Who?

When You Go Out to War – War Against Who?

Today’s ‘Parashah’ (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Ki Tetze’ {כי תצא} (Hebrew for ‘when you go out’). This is the sixth

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What’s the Hebrew meaning of ‘Keshe Oref?’

What’s the Hebrew meaning of ‘Keshe Oref?’

  We all know the famous term ‘stiff-necked’ – the idiomatic phrase to describe someone who is stubborn, but what

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What is the Hebrew term for ‘Cities of Refuge?’

What is the Hebrew term for ‘Cities of Refuge?’

The issue of ‘cities of refuge’ appears in the weekly Torah portion: “Then Moses set apart three cities in the

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What is the Hebrew connection between first fruits and the story of the Israelites in Egypt?

What is the Hebrew connection between first fruits and the story of the Israelites in Egypt?

When the Book of Deuteronomy speaks about the ceremony of the first fruits, there is brief record of the history

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What does ‘a possession for the assembly of Jacob’ mean?

What does ‘a possession for the assembly of Jacob’ mean?

In Moses’ final blessing on Israel, one can find the following words: “When Moses commanded us a law, as a

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Welcome to the Land of Israel!

Welcome to the Land of Israel!

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Ki Tavo’ {כי תבוא} (Hebrew for ‘when you come’). This is the seventh ‘Parashah’

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The Power of One

The Power of One

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Re’eh’ (Hebrew for ‘see’). This is the fourth ‘Parashah’ in the Book of Deuteronomy

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The Hebrew Way to Distinguish Smart and Clever

The Hebrew Way to Distinguish Smart and Clever

One of the main issues of the weekly Torah portion is law and justice. In fact, the motif of justice

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The Hebrew Sign for ‘Firstborn’: A Double Portion

The Hebrew Sign for ‘Firstborn’: A Double Portion

The weekly Torah portion describes the inheritance rights of the firstborn: “If a man has two wives, the one loved

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The Hebrew Meaning of the Word ‘Prophet’

The Hebrew Meaning of the Word ‘Prophet’

Chapter 13 of the Book of Deuteronomy opens with the following words: “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams

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The Hebrew Meaning of the Biblical City of Shechem

The Hebrew Meaning of the Biblical City of Shechem

Today we will talk a bit about the geography of the Holy Land, as can be found in our weekly

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The Hebrew Meaning of ‘Taking the Wrong Path’

The Hebrew Meaning of ‘Taking the Wrong Path’

Yesterday we mentioned Chapter 13 of the Book of Deuteronomy. This chapter is the origin of the Hebrew figure of

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The Deeper Hebrew Meaning of Standing Before God

The Deeper Hebrew Meaning of Standing Before God

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ {פרשה} (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Nitzavim’ {ניצבים} (Hebrew for ‘are standing’). This is the eighth ‘Parashah’ in the

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The Concept of ‘Speaking’ and the Book of Deuteronomy

The Concept of ‘Speaking’ and the Book of Deuteronomy

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Devarim’ (Hebrew for ‘words’). This is the first ‘Parashah’ in the Book of Deuteronomy

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Taking Initiative: Hebrew Style

Taking Initiative: Hebrew Style

When Moses gave his speech to Israel before they entered the Promised Land the Bible tells us the following: “Beyond

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Revealing the Hebrew Meanings of the Seven Species of the Land of Israel

Revealing the Hebrew Meanings of the Seven Species of the Land of Israel

The famous Seven Species that the Land of Israel was blessed with perpetually are mentioned in our weekly Torah portion: “For

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Rephaim , Emim and Zamzummim : The Hebrew meaning of the mysterious ancient nation of giants

Rephaim , Emim and Zamzummim : The Hebrew meaning of the mysterious ancient nation of giants

Yesterday we talked about the ancient nation of giants – the Rephaim (רפאים). The discussion about the Rephaim opens a window

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Overtaken by a blessing – what does it mean?

Overtaken by a blessing – what does it mean?

  “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments

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Moses’ teaching and Moses’ seat in the synagogue

Moses’ teaching and Moses’ seat in the synagogue

Even though the Hebrew meaning of the word ‘Torah’ is ‘teaching,’ the Hebrew verb for ‘teaching’ (‘Melamed’ ‘מלמד’) will make its

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Moses’ Plea

Moses’ Plea

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Va-Etchanan’ {ואתחנן} (Hebrew for ‘and I pleaded’). This is the second ‘Parashah’ in the

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Isaiah’s Creative Hebrew

Isaiah’s Creative Hebrew

This week’s ‘Haftarah’ – weekly prophet’s portion – is found in the Book of Isaiah, chapter 54 and speaks about

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Iron Furnace

Iron Furnace

In the weekly Torah portion, we can find the following interesting phrase: “But the LORD has taken you and brought

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Hidden Hebrew Letter Treasures in “Shema Yisrael!”

Hidden Hebrew Letter Treasures in “Shema Yisrael!”

One of the most important and well-known Hebrew prayers is Shema Yisrael {שמע ישראל} ( Hear, O Israel ). This

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Hebrew Etymology Study

Hebrew Etymology Study

Our weekly Torah portion (‘Shofetim’) opens with the following verse: “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns

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God’s Declaration: A Study of the Hebrew Verb System

God’s Declaration: A Study of the Hebrew Verb System

Today we will talk a bit about the structure of the Hebrew verb system in order to better understand the

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Footprints and Jacob: Hebrew Connections

Footprints and Jacob: Hebrew Connections

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Ekev’ (Hebrew for ‘follow’). This is the third ‘Parashah’ in the Book of Deuteronomy and can be

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Deeper Hebrew Meanings in the Song of Moses

Deeper Hebrew Meanings in the Song of Moses

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ {פרשה} (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Ha’azinu’ {האזינו} (Hebrew for ‘listen’). This is the tenth ‘Parashah’ in the Book

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Copper Excavations and Hebrew Word Explorations

Copper Excavations and Hebrew Word Explorations

“A land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.” (Deuteronomy 8:9) The original Hebrew

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Carved in Stone: Origins of a Hebrew Term

Carved in Stone: Origins of a Hebrew Term

Yesterday we mentioned the following verse from the opening of the Book of Deuteronomy: “Beyond the Jordan, in the land of

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A Tiny Hebrew Preposition Hides a Deeper Meaning

A Tiny Hebrew Preposition Hides a Deeper Meaning

After the Bible tells us about the new Tablets of Stones with God’s Commandments Moses has made, an interesting verse

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A Soccer Referee and a High Court Judge Demonstrate Hebrew Logic

A Soccer Referee and a High Court Judge Demonstrate Hebrew Logic

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ {פרשה}(weekly Torah portion) is ‘Shofetim’ {שופטים} (Hebrew for ‘Judges’). This is the fifth ‘Parashah’ in the Book of

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A Rebellious Son: The Deeper Hebrew Meaning

A Rebellious Son: The Deeper Hebrew Meaning

Yesterday we talked about the inheritance rights of the firstborn. Today we will continue with next issue concerning having a

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A nation of giants – who were the Rephaim?

A nation of giants – who were the Rephaim?

Today we will discuss an ancient biblical people who were known as the ‘Rephaim’ and were mentioned in Moses’ speech

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A lesson in Biblical Hebrew syntax: Who was the mysterious Aramean?

A lesson in Biblical Hebrew syntax: Who was the mysterious Aramean?

In yesterday’s post we discussed the connection between ‘first fruits’ and the story of the Israelites in Egypt. We mentioned

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