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July 1, 2018 – Pinchas

This week’s parashah is “Pinchas.” You will find it in the Book of Numbers 25:10-30:1. It is a fascinating section dealing with two opposite personalities, that of Pinchas (Phinehas in English) and of Tzilfchod (Zelophehad in English). It also has a great deal to teach us who live in a period of great political turmoil… View Article


June 21 & 28, 2018 – Chukat and Balak

Because next week I will not be able to write about Parashat Balak, this week we will examine both Parashat Chukat (Numbers: 19:1-22:1) and also, Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9). Of the two, then first parashah, Chukat, is the less “interesting” to read. It deals with issues of water, for purification, for drinking, and as an… View Article


June 19, 2018 – Korach

This week’s Torah portion is found in Numbers 16:1-18:30. This parashah is the most famous of the revolt sections. It tells the story of Korach’s attempted coup d’état. Within the Torah’s five books, this is the most politically charged text, and in a time such as ours, with great political divisions throughout the land, it… View Article