Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
MATOT-MASEI, Numbers 30:2-36:13
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
The book of Numbers opened with a list of the heads of the tribes of Israel and with the preparations for the journey toward the land of Israel. Here it ends with the portion Masei, recounting the journeys or marches that the Israelites have just completed. This is a more narrative list than the first. The starting point of each...
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PINCHAS, Numbers 25:10-30-1
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
This week's Torah reading begins by dealing with the aftermath of a horrific event at the end of last week's reading. God has brought a plague on the Israelites because of their sexual immorality and idolatry. In the midst of the plague, an Israelite publicly sins with a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses and the whole congregation. Pinchas,...
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BALAK, Numbers 22:2-25:9
In the midst of our book of wandering, a Moabite sovereign engages a seer from a distant land in the hopes of cursing and thus defeating the Israelites. In the central irony of this fanciful tale that opens with the verb " vayar " (he saw), neither king Balak nor the hireling Balaam are able to "see" the Israelites. Balaam...
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HUKAT, Numbers 19:1-22:11
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Some things in life are readily understood, while others have to be taken on faith. Through the principle of cause and effect, I know that if I accidentally spill boiling water on my arm, it will burn my skin. I walk carefully with my cup of coffee as a result. But I trust that doing the right thing -- whether...
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KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Turn on the radio these days and you get an earful of the latest election news with the campaigns of President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney trading barbs on a near-hourly basis. In this environment of political oversaturation, this week's Torah portion, Korach, provides us with some juicy material to help understand our own role in the...
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