Saturday, July 4, 2015 Tammuz 17, 5775

Balak, Number 22:2-24:25
By:
Rabbi Joshua Waxman
This week's portion, Balak, tells the story of Balaam, the prophet, who is hired by the Moabite king Balak to curse the Israelites as they move through his territory. Balaam is clearly a figure whose powers are renowned in the region, as Balak says: "For I know that he whom you bless is blessed indeed, and he whom you curse...
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For the Orthodox, it's more complex than it sounds
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Still a bit groggy from her nap, 5-year-old Shulamit Vered Levintov was all dressed for her lesson, sporting a bathing cap, swimsuit and flotation device; the only problem was she seemed to have no interest in getting into the pool. She'd taken a few steps down the pool ladder, but remained half in and half out for an agonizingly long...
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Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1
By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Is it more important to devote oneself to personal, spiritual development or to work for the good of the nation? I believe that a good argument can be made that commitment to the nation takes priority over commitment to one's own spiritual needs. And one such source is a Midrash, which links two kinds of animal slaughterings (not by blood,...
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KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32
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Rabbi David Gutterman
Social psychologists list several distinctions between a debate and a dialogue. A debate assumes you have the right answer, while a dialogue assumes that many people can help craft an answer. A debate is about winning; a dialogue is about exploring. A debate is more about defending one's view; a dialogue admits that the thinking of others can improve one's...
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Slightly more than a year after Congregation Brothers of Israel traded an urban New Jersey address for a suburban one in Pennsylvania, the Conservative congregation has celebrated its 125th anniversary with a gala dinner. The major milestone, reached last month, presented an opportunity for members to look back at its long history in Trenton and consider its future in Newtown,...
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