Thursday, May 7, 2015 Iyyar 18, 5775

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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By:
Elie Kaunfer
Revelation is often considered the most intimate moment between God and the Jewish people. It is compared to a wedding, the culmination of a love affair, albeit a complicated one. But what if revelation were not a model for exclusive attachment but a narrative of universal relevance? How might that change our understanding of law-giving on Mount Sinai? Two midrashim...
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