Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774
DeVarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Among the books of the Torah, only this one begins by attributing its subject matter to Moses: "These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel." This week's portion actually begins Moses' final speech, his farewell before handing power over to Joshua, who'll take the Jewish people into the Holy Land. But if the Torah is Divinely authored, doesn't...
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MATTOT-MASE'EI, Numbers 30:2-36:13
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
We live our lives with the best intentions. We do what we believe is right, and when we don't live up to our intentions, we try again. As human beings we strive to make a better world, individually and collectively, but as human beings, we inevitably fall short. How often do we promise ourselves that we will eat better, exercise...
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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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