Monday, July 14, 2014 Tammuz 16, 5774
PINCHAS, Numbers 25:10-30:1
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Parshah Pinchas provides a rich pastiche of narrative and ritual law. It describes how Aaron's grandson, Pinchas, saved the Israelites from moral degradation by killing a prince from the tribe of Shimon who, together with a Midianite princess, brazenly led the people towards wholesale decadence. We learn of a new census of the Israelites, now standing on the eastern bank...
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KORAH, Numbers 16:1-18:32
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
As oil continues to pour up into the Gulf of Mexico from a well dug deep beneath the ocean, we come to this week's portion, Korah, in which a group of rebels are swallowed alive into the depths of the earth. The image of these rebels going down into a chasm created by God sits side by side with the...
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CHUKAS, Numbers 19:1-22:1
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
It's a scene played out in countless homes around the world: Mommy or Daddy want Junior to pick up his toys, so they plead, cajole, maybe even bribe him. Finally, they demand it. Then comes the inevitable question -- "Why?" -- and its catch-all answer: "Because I told you so." To a child, that singular explanation is never enough. And...
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SHELACH-LECHA, Numbers 13:1-15:41
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
When it comes to high drama, the beginning of Shelach- Lecha is unrivaled. It details the mission of the 12 spies Moses sent to investigate Canaan. We learn of the faithlessness of the 10 who disparaged Israel's ability to conquer the land contrasted to the faithfulness of Caleb and Joshua who recounted the divine care that had and would sustain...
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B'HA'ALOTEKHA, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Every individual who grows up in a family with siblings knows that our primary relationships can retain power throughout our lives. Whether we are the eldest, the youngest or in the middle, each of us is shaped and challenged by the connections, or the disconnections, of our earliest years. The book of Genesis is filled with narratives of sibling rivalry,...
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