Monday, September 15, 2014 Elul 20, 5774
BALAK, Numbers 22:22-25:9
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Mah tovu ohalecha Ya'akov, mishkenotecha Yisrael: "How goodly are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel." In the midst of our book of wandering, a Moabite sovereign engages a seer from the Euphrates region in the hopes of cursing and thus defeating the Israelites. In the central irony of this fanciful tale that opens with the verb vayar: He saw,...
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CHUKAT, Numbers 19:1-22:1
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
"One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do," goes the popular song by the 1960s' band Three Dog Night. Indeed, being alone can be frightening for individuals and, yes, even leaders. In our daily lives, we often face difficult moments and situations, and may feel that we are alone in the crisis. Serving as a community or national leader...
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KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32, 29:9-15
By:
Rabbi Jay Stein
And the Lord said to Aaron: "You and your sons and ancestral house under your charge shall bear any guilt connected with the sanctuary; you and your sons shall alone bear any guilt associated with your priesthood." "The world exists on account of people who are able to restrain themselves during a quarrel." "Korach and his followers were not able...
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Shelach, Numbers 13:1--15:41
By:
Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz
Dedicated to the memory of my husband, Dr. Nathaniel Entin, who passed away the week of Parashat Shelach 5765. The words of the Torah are a pathway guiding us through and even beyond life. This week's parashah, Shelach, recounts the adventures of the 12 tribal chieftains sent by Moses to scout out the land of Israel. This reconnaissance is critical...
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Bechukotai, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Prayers for health and well-being have been part of the synagogue service for years. They reflect a deep human instinct to combine the medical and the spiritual probably found in all religious traditions. In this week's Torah portion, we find an ancient and powerful example of prayer being invoked by a loved one to bring comfort, relief and healing to...
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