Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

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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The spring, summer and fall harvests are connected to Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. These harvests were celebrated by a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem with people coming from all over Eretz Yisrael, as well as Babylon and Egypt to give thanks to God for the bounty they were to receive. Shavuot is known as Chag Habikkurim, the holiday of...
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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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With a large black kipah slightly askew atop a mat of graying hair, and strands of his flowing beard branching off in all directions, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz evokes the image of the classic absent-minded professor. Indeed, his tendency to ask more questions than provide answers might lead those unfamiliar with his body of work to conclude that the man once...
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