The root Shema appears 92 times in the book of Devarim, suggesting an important theme-motif in Moshe’s last words to the nation before he dies. In this week’s parsha podcast on Ekev, Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash will look at some of the places in the beginning of Devarim and particularly in this week’s parsha in which the root word appears. In addition, she will also focus on an interesting midrashic text that deals with memory and mitzvot.
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Nechama Goldman Barash made aliyah from Philadelphia over 20 years ago after graduating from Stern College. She studied for three years in Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute and finished a master’s degree in Talmud at Bar-Ilan University. She is a graduate of Nishmat’s Yoetzet Halacha program and has been certified to teach brides before their weddings, as well as qualifying as a sex educator through Yahel and the Eden Center. She also studied for three years in Matan's advanced halakha program, Hilkhata. She teaches contemporary halakha and Talmud at Matan and Pardes, as well as Talmud and women and halakha in Torah V'Avodah (TVA), a Bnei Akiva gap year program based in Matan. She is an active member of Beit Hillel and participates in interfaith dialogue through Roots, based in Gush Etzion, close to where she lives with her family. She is currently working on a book dealing with matters of gender and halakha. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org