Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775
MATOT-MASEI, Numbers 30: 3-26:13
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Chaim Weizmann was a prominent scientist and pre-eminent leader of the Zionist movement who lived in England for much of his life. He would, of course, eventually become Israel's first president. He was charged with advocating for the Jewish cause to the British-based Peel Commission. It was this commission, convened in 1936, which would discuss the advisability of ending the...
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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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