This week’s portion, “Ekev” continues the recitation by Moses of aspects of the Wilderness experience. The portion begins with a morally questionable (to us in our age) call to destroy the people of Canaan who [Read more…]
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The concluding portion of Numbers greets us this Shabbat. Matot-Masey (Numbers 30:2-[36:13]) begins with a line that rings true in our world: “If a man makes a vow to God or takes an oath imposing [Read more…]
The portion Pinchas (Numbers [25:12]ff) offers us a variety of issues. We begin with the hero, Pinches, who quells a plague brought on by idolatry. We read of laws of inheritance that allow for the [Read more…]
This week’s portion, one of the more colorful and famous, features a talking donkey,a revelation and a change in mindset from curse to blessing, as well as the text of the famous melody “Mah Tovu”. [Read more…]
With Numbers 19 we enter a series of stories that have challenged commentators for centuries. The “red heifer” issue begins the portion (19), yet, there is in chapter 20 an equally challenging passage. Again, Torah [Read more…]
We move in Torah this week to a passage that is filled with various stories and sub plots. There is the call for the Levites, the stirrings of rebellion and some sibling issues between Moses, [Read more…]