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

June 7, 2018 – Shalach L’chah

This week we turn to the section of the Book of Numbers known as “Shalach L’chah”. You will find it in Numbers 13:1-15:41. The parashah’s name is poorly translated into English as “Send forth”. The Hebrew reader will immediately note the inadequacy of this translation. While “Shlach” does mean: “send” the second word (l’chah) being… View Article

May 31, 2018 – B’haalotechah

This week’s parashah (Book of Numbers 8:1-12:16) is called “B’haalotechah.” The name means “when you raise yourself up” and the name teaches us a great deal about its themes. The parashah is another long section. In this week’s section, we find a weary Moses. He has dealt with non-stop complaining and although the text is… View Article

May 24, 2018 – Naso

You can find Parashat Naso in the Book of Numbers 4:21 and the parashah ends at 7:89. It is a section dealing with unique personalities. For example, the parashah is the only place in Jewish law where there is a trial by ordeal. This trial-by-ordeal centers around the theme of the woman who is suspected of… View Article

May 17, 2018 – Ba’Midbar

This week we begin our study of the Bible’s fourth book, Sefer Ba’Midbar or as it is called in English, the Book of Numbers, even though the Hebrew name is “The Book of the Desert”. We may call the Bible’s third book, Leviticus, a book of theory. Leviticus presents itself to us as a book… View Article

May 10, 2018 – B’Chukotay

This week we turn to one of the final sections of the Book of Leviticus, the parashah known as B’Chukotay. You will find this week’s section in the book of Leviticus 26:3-27:34. Although this section deals with a number of issues, one theme stands out and forces us into deep contemplation. In Leviticus 26:3 we… View Article

April 28, 2018 – Acharei-Mot and Kdoshim

This week we read a double parashah, Acharei-Mot (Levitcus 16:1-18:30) and Kdoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:27). Often the names of these weekly Torah sections tell us a great deal about the Biblical view on life and provide us with great insights. Acharei-Mot means “After the deaths of…”  In the previous sections, we read about deaths caused by… View Article

April 20, 2018 – Ha’Shavúa

According to the Hebrew calendar, our father Abraham entered the land of Israel in the year 1948.  Now in the year 5778, close to 4,000 years have passed. In this journey of millennia, much has happened, from Egyptian slavery to Roman domination, from the tragedies of 2,000 years of European inhumanity to the return of… View Article

April 11, 2018 – Tazria & Mtzorah

This week we read a double Torah portion and also mark one of the saddest days on the Jewish calendar.  Tonight we mark Yom Ha’Shoah, the day we remember the six million Jews murdered in Europe during World War II. In reality, we should expand the day to remember not only those Jews murdered by… View Article

March 29, 2018 – Ha’Shavúa

This coming Friday night, Jews across the world sit down to what may be the world’s greatest on-going feast: the Passover Seder.  Passover has a strange hold on people. Though it is the hardest holiday to keep, (who really likes matzah by day 8?) it is also the most popular.  Even the least religious somehow… View Article