Parsha Chukat 5781

Parshat Chukat תשפא In this week’s portion’s final two chapters , the Jewish nation is attacked by the world’s two most powerful leaders, Sichon, King of the Emori, and Og, king of Bashan, whom the Jews handily defeat. When the Jewish people merely asked Sichon…

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Parshat Korach 5781

Parshat Korach תשפא             This week’s portion, Korach, details the events of Korach’s (and his 253 compatriots) rebellion, against Moshe and Aharon (Numbers 16:1,2): א) וַיִּקַּח קֹרַח בֶּן יִצְהָר בֶּן קְהָת בֶּן לֵוִי וְדָתָן וַאֲבִירָם בְּנֵי אֱלִיאָב וְאוֹן בֶּן פֶּלֶת בְּנֵי רְאוּבֵן…

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Parshat Shelach 5781

Shelach תשפא             Just twenty days shy of a year from the Jewish people’s arrival at Mount Sinai, they began their journey to the promised land, Israel. During that time, the nation had received the Torah, built the Tabernacle, and each tribe…

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Parshat Behar – Bechukotai 5781

Behar – Bechukotai תשפא Once again, this Shabbat, we will read two portions, Behar and Bechukotai. The first verse in Behar begins in a peculiar way. It says (Leviticus 25:1): ספר ויקרא פרק כה א) וַיְדַבֵּר יְדֹוָד אֶל משֶׁה בְּהַר…

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Acharei Mot -Kedoshim 5781

Acharei Mot -Kedoshim תשפא This coming Shabbath we will read the two Torah portions of אחרי מות  and קדושים. In the second portion, Kedoshim, the Torah adjures us (Leviticus 19:18): (יח) לֹא תִקֹּם וְלֹא תִטֹּר אֶת בְּנֵי עַמֶּךָ וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ…

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Tazriah – Metzorah 5781

Tazriah - Metzorah תשפא This week’s Torah portions are replete with references to the concepts of טומאה  - tumah and טהרה  – tahara, what we call “spiritually unclean and spiritually clean.” These concepts have no parallel in the secular world,…

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Sefirat Haomer 5781

Sefirat Haomer – The Counting of the Omer When the Holy Temple stood, a daily sacrifice was brought every morning and evening. Our current morning prayer, שחרית  - Shacharit, corresponds to, and substitutes for, that morning sacrifice, and מנחה  -…

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