Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
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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SHELAH, Numbers 13:1-15:41
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
Each week in synagogue, we read a portion from the Torah and, alongside it, a portion from the Prophets, the Haftorah, which picks up on some of the themes of the Torah reading. The ancient rabbis selected these Haftorah portions with care. Often, the very selection of a particular story from the Prophets can be seen as an ancient form...
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BEHAALOTECHA, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
This is the season of pageant and protocol, as we celebrate graduations and weddings. As we participate in such celebrations during this season, perhaps we wonder about the intention and the history that structures and guides each of these events, from the music, the processional, the rituals and words, the costumes -- all the parts that make up these ceremonies...
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NASO, Numbers 4:21-7:89
By:
Rabbi Fred V. Davidow
"May God bless you and protect you. May the light of God's face shine toward you and show you favor. May God look upon you with favor and grant you peace." This threefold Priestly Benediction, which appears in this week's parshah, has played a central role in Jewish ceremony because it articulates our most basic and highest aspirations. The psychologist...
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BEMIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Shabbat morning we begin reading from Bemidbar, the book of Numbers. This year, on Saturday night, we celebrate the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai with the start of Shavuot. This is a little mixed up, since in the chronology of the Torah, the book of Numbers begins after we have received the Torah at Sinai. Numbers recounts the...
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