Dvar Torah: Parshat Eikev. August 4, 1018 Eikev is the kind of Parsha that make it hard to believe in God. It opens with the message that if we hearken to God’s commands we will be rewarded with material and military success and fertility. And of course, we will get the corresponding punishments for lack of obedience. This theme is repeated at the end of the parsha in the second paragraph of the Shema. This description of God doesn’t match my perception of the world that I l
Lately, I have been reading the parsha, without looking at the commentary. I read the text to see what questions emerge and then try to think of solutions. I find it more exciting, fresh and creative even if I later discover that a commentator asked the same question. So one question that came up for me when I read Parshat Shemot, was, why did Pharaoh want to kill Moses? In Chapter 2 we read about an Egyptian man striking a Hebrew. Moses kills the Egyptian and buries the bod
Take a second and think about a time that you got angry and later regretted it. Maybe you didn’t have
the facts right, jumped to conclusions and had to apologize later. Have you ever been surprised by the
intensity of your anger? Maybe you asked yourself, “Where did that come from”?
I had a boss several years ago who was clueless. He didn’t understand the work I was doing and gave me
no support. He ultimately eliminated my position. I was so angry because he was such a je