Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775
PINCHAS, Numbers 25:10-30:1
By:
Rabbi Michael Holzman
Although this week's parshah begins midway through the story of its namesake, the zealous grandson of Aaron, who brutally killed an Israelite who cohabited with a Midianite woman, I want to focus attention first on an episode that comes later in the portion. After resolving the Pinchas story -- God grants the impassioned young priest his brit shalom, "Covenant of...
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CHUKAT-BALAK Numbers 19:1-25:9
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Here's the scenario: A man who has dedicated his entire adult life to his people, who has given himself unstintingly to their cause, guided them as a father, loved them as a mother, held then as a nursemaid, taught them as a teacher, prodded them as a rebbe, rebuked them with finesse and defended them as only the dream team...
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KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32, 29:9-15
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Social psychologists list several distinctions between a debate and a dialogue. A debate assumes that you have the right answer, while a dialogue assumes that many people can share in crafting an answer. A debate is about winning; a dialogue is about exploring. A debate is more about defending one's view; a dialogue admits that another's thinking can improve on...
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SHELACH, Numbers 13:1-15:41
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
In this week's Torah portion, when Moses gives instructions to the spies, he asks them to bring back samples of the fruit of the land (Numbers 13:20). The spies return with pomegranates, figs and a huge cluster of grapes. The Texas-sized cluster of grapes is so large that it must be carried by two men. This bountiful sample of the...
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BEHALOTECHA, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Lisa Malik
Although the festival of Shavuot was just a few weeks ago, my mind and stomach are already looking forward to Chanukah. On Shavuot, many of us celebrated our receiving the gift of Torah by eating blintzes, kugel and cheesecake. But I've already started to crave latkes and jelly doughnuts. Amidst my cravings, I'm already envisioning one of my favorite ritual...
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