Saturday, July 4, 2015 Tammuz 17, 5775
SHELACH LECHA, Numbers 13:1-15:41
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
The phrase "Shelach Lecha" is a curious grammatical construction. Rather than simply meaning "send," the Torah reads, literally, "send to yourself." This is a clue: There is a personal message in a story that is clearly focused on a national drama. The parshah tells the story of the 12 spies sent into the promised land to report back about the...
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Rabbi Howard A. Addison
BEHAALOTECHA, Numbers 8:1-12:16 In Lake Jackson, Texas, there are two intersecting streets named "This Way" and "That Way." What might people ponder while standing at that corner? Are they pinpointing their location while considering nearby sites? Reflecting on whence they've come, whither they're going and what they're taking with? Parshah Behaalotecha has helped shape our Jewish observances and liturgy. Initially,...
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
NASO, Numbers 4:21-7:89 The Book of Numbers is the Israelites' travelogue, recording our ancestors' journey through the wilderness. We read it this week as we conclude our own journey from Passover to Shavuot, counting the Omer and marking our way from Egyptian slavery to revelation at Sinai. How does this portion help to open our hearts for the powerful messages...
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
B'MIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20 Ever felt like you were just a number? It's a common complaint: In the hustle of modern life, many of us feel like we're lost in the crowd, nothing more than nameless, faceless entities wandering through time. This week's Torah portion, however, turns the concept of numbers on its head, for in the Jewish way of life,...
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
BEHUKOTAI, Leviticus 26:3-27:34 In this week's portion, Behukotai, we are challenged with understanding the balance between free will and destiny, between human responsibility and God's. The portion presents a God who rewards good deeds (in this case, following the commandments) and punishes disobedience. This puts the burden of responsibility for ourselves and the world into human hands. If we act...
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