Well, we have entered week two of Crapfest 5767, otherwise known as the Three Weeks and wouldn't you know that it is also Friday the Thirteenth. Though this has no significance to Jews, it is the sixth day of the week and the thirteenth day of the month, taking both those numbers we arrive at 613, the number of Mitzvot in the Torah. Speaking of "arriving" and "613", we arrive at the Jordan River in this week's double parasha. This could be considered the actual end of the Torah. The next book, Deuteronomy, is just what it means in Greek, a "second telling" of the events of the Torah. It is also known as Mishnah Torah (not to be confused with the magnum opus of Rambam), in Hebrew meaning the repetition of the Torah. So this week we arrive at the crossroads. Moses has just prepped his servant Joshua and his nephew Eliezer son of Aaron to take the Jews the rest of the way there and from now until the end of Sukkot next year (Hebrew calendar) we will be listening to Moses kvetch to the people about the people.
Shabbat Shalom and Chazak Chazak V'Nitchazek.
Next week: Harold Potterstein.