Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
SH'LACH, Leviticus 13:1-15-41
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, Jewish Exponent Feature
In this week's Torah portion -- in stunning fashion -- the classical meets the contemporary. Our biblical tradition not only informed, but helped to create a necessary "marketing tool" of modern statecraft, even as it created a symbol that still causes a welling-up of Jewish pride. God grants Moses license to Sh'lach l'cha anashim: "Send forth men, if you please,...
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Beha'alotcha, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
Sometimes, our rabbis derived worlds of meaning from simple phrases. Such is the case with the third verse of this week's portion. After God instructs Moses to tell Aaron how to light the menorah in the sanctuary, the Torah notes, "Aaron did so. He mounted the lamps at the front of the menorah as God had commanded Moses." Rashi, quoting...
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Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89
By:
Rabbi Gregory S. Marx
The Bible makes it clear that our ancestors considered themselves to have been chosen by God to be a holy people. For hundreds of years, we Jews, who inherited the covenant of Abraham, have been puzzled by the concept of being "chosen." If God "chose" the Jews, why then have the Jews suffered so much? How can we reconcile the...
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Bamidbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
This week, we begin the fourth book of Moses. You will, no doubt, recognize its English name more readily than its Hebrew moniker. In English, it is known as the book of Numbers, yet the rabbis give it the appellation of chumash ha'pi'kudim, the book of Countings. Indeed, we begin with a census of the Jewish people. But, upon a...
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BECHUKOTAI, Vayikra 26:3-27:34
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
Oy! What is happening in the world? A cyclone in Myanmar, an earthquake in China, fires in Florida. Tornadoes in the central United States. These disasters have all occurred within the last few weeks. Such natural phenomena are powerful, scary and overwhelming. We cannot control them. We cannot prevent them from happening, and often cannot even predict them. They remind...
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