Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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Watering our Souls

Moses compared the people of Israel to the grass and the Torah that he had taught them to life-giving water. Moses prayed that his teaching would be to Israel like rain and dew, which water the grass and vegetation: "Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as the droplets on the fresh grass and as the showers on the herb" (Deuteronomy 32:2).

Moses compared the people of Israel to the grass and the Torah that he had taught them to life-giving water. Moses prayed that his teaching would be to Israel like rain and dew, which water the grass and vegetation: "Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as the droplets on the fresh grass and as the showers on the herb" (Deuteronomy 32:2).

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Shuvah Yisrael

Rabbi Levi said, "Great is repentance, for it reaches up to the Throne of Glory, as it is written, 'Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God.'" Resh Lakish said, "Great is repentance, for by virtue of it one's intentional sins are regarded as mere errors, as it is written [in Hosea 14:1], 'Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God for you have stumbled (which is accidental) because of your iniquity (which is intentional)'" (b.Yoma 86a).

The Secret Things

God has revealed some things to us. He has granted us glimpses of some things. Some things have remained closed to us. There are a great many things we do not know about which the Scriptures have only hinted. We are left guessing at what lies beyond the edge of our perception.

God's First Fruits

When God prospers us, we are to show our gratitude by returning a portion to Him in the form of charitable gifts. In the days of the Temple, the farmers in Israel were obligated to give an annual tithe to Levites, then take a second tithe for festival expenses and to share with the poor.

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