Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Iyyar 16, 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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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
THE JEWISH KITCHEN In ancient times, Israel was crowned "the land of milk and honey." And with the abundance of fine, fresh Israeli dairy products, this is still true today. Although everyone agrees that the food of choice for Shavuot is cheese, as in blintzes and kugels, there are many opinions as to why it has become customary to serve...
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Rabbi Eric Yanoff, Jewish Exponent Feature
What is the ultimate Jewish pick-up line? What is the line that forges that immediate connection, the words that provide the opening for a conversation, perhaps for a deeper relationship? Well, try this line on for size: "Hey -- didn't I see you at Sinai?" That's the ultimate Jewish pick-up line -- not because it works (don't worry -- I...
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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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