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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (30 July 2017) 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Ps. 119:57,72,76-77,127-130; Rom. 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52.   Theme: Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is Like…   Download   The three parables, about the treasure, the pearl and the dragnet, that bring Matthew’s collection of parables in chapter 13 to a close, are…

parashat devarim

  Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Devarim    Erev Shabbat 29 July 2017 Week of  24 to 30 July 2017    Torah portion: Deutoronomy 1:1-3:22  Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27 Download Birthing process is associated with a well orchestrated biophysical transformations of both the baby and the mother but what actually initiates the process remains an enigma. What we know…

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (23 July 2017) Wisdom 12:13,16-19; Ps. 86:5-6,9-10,15-16; Rom. 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43.    Theme: The Kingdom of Heaven is Like… Download   Nested between the parable of the weeds and wheat and its eschatological explanation in today’s Gospel reading are the two brief parables of the mustard seed and…

Parashat Matot-Masei

  Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Matot-Masei,  Erev Shabbat 21 July, 2017 Week of 16-22 July Torah portion: Num. 30:2-36:13  Haftarah: Jer. 2:4-28; 3:4
 Download   If a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath imposing an obligation on himself, he shall not break his pledge; he must carry out all that has…

Hebrew Song of the Month – July

We brought peace on you (to you). This is a very old song, (over  70 years),  which is very popular today in Israel, especially on trips while going by bus and the whole group is singing together in public.  Its origin is probably German and Turkish. Sarah Israeli   הֵבֵאנוּ שָלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶם, הֵבֵאנוּ שָלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶם,…

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (16 July 2017) Isaiah 55:10-11; Ps. 65:10-14; Rom. 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23. Theme: A Hundredfold! Download   Chapter 13 of Matthew is a collection of parables attributed to Jesus, seven in all. Today’s Gospel reading deals with the first and longest of these, the parable of the sower. The…

Parashat Pinchas

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Pinchas – Erev Shabbat 14 July 2017 Week of 9-15 July 2017 Torah portion: Numbers 25:10-30:1 Haftarah: Jer.1:1-2:3 Download   How the Land is to be apportioned and how the Lord is to be worshipped are major concerns of this parashat. And women involve themselves with both land and worship by…

14th sunday of the year 2017

14th Sunday of the Year (9 July 2017) Lectionary readings Zec 9:9-10; Ps 145; Rom 8:9.11-13; Mt 11:25-30 Theme: Spreading Shalom Download   After church on Father’s Day, our family visited the local zoo. Even though we now have teenagers and pre-teens in tow, the animals still capture their attention and interest, and a zoo…

parashat balak

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Balak – Erev Shabbat 7 July 2017 Week of 2-8 July 2017 Torah portion: Numbers 22:2-25:9 Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 Download   In my commentary on Bamidbar, I referred to Fox’s theoretical structure of the Book of Numbers. According to this structure the present parashah is found in the second part:The Rebellious…