Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
CHUKAT
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Numbers 19:1-22:119:1-22:1 Just as our ancestors made their way through the desert long ago, we make our way through the book of Numbers now. When we read this portion, we are journeying through the month of Tammuz, which often includes the hottest days of the year, when walking on hot sand burns the soles of our feet, when our lips...
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KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32
RABBI SHAWN ISRAEL ZEVIT The heat of summer is upon us, and two independence days (Canada, July 1; United States, July 4) surround Shabbat. It's certainly a week for celebration - of appreciating and articulating the gifts our democratic system has brought. It's also a time to take stock of who may not be benefiting from liberty. Earlier this month,...
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SHELACH, Numbers 13:1-15:41
By:
Rabbi David Straus
While I love all the books of the Torah, I think my favorite is Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers, which we are now reading. I love it because it speaks so powerfully to me of what each of our lives is all about. Bamidbar is about the journey from Sinai to the Promised Land - the Land of Canaan. It...
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By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
BEHALOTECHA Numbers 8:1-12:16 If it''s true that all we need to know we''ve already learned in kindergarten, eavesdrop with me, if you will, on one of the classic dialogues between Alice and the Cheshire Puss. Alice: "Tell me, what''s the best way for me to go?" "It all depends on where you want to go," answered the cat. "I don''t...
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By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Torah Portion Nasoh, Numbers 4:21-7:89 Picture the scene. It's a cool evening in spring, people assembled around a table, and conversation is percolating. If you listen well, you can decipher voices speaking Farsi, Kurdish Aramaic, Moroccan Arabic, Polish, Yiddish, Judeo Yemeni, Hebrew and, just to be different, English. No, this isn't a conference at the United Nations - this is...
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