Shabbat Beresheet (Gen. 1:1-6:8)

“Turn it, and turn it over again, for everything is in it, and contemplate it, and wax gray and old over it, and stir not from it, for thou canst have no better rule than this.” – Rabbi Ben Bag Bag “You do the hokey pokey and you turn the scroll around…” – Rachel Barenblat It’s one of those few portions that needs no introduction, since it IS the introduction.... read more

Shabbat Ha'azinu (Deut. 32:1-32-52)

In the portion this week, Moses teaches the song (or poem, depending on how you interpret it) to the Israelites, the one that describes what is going to happen to them (entering the land, turning away from God, getting clobbered with curses, returning to God generations later). It’s Moses’ last great gig before going into the sky. It’s the ultimate Newish Jewish remix, a tune with a... read more