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…]
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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…]
Wow! It is always so interesting to see how the passages from Torah somehow, some way, seem to reflect the times in which we are living. In looking at this week’s portion, Naso (Numbers [4:21]-[7:89]) [Read more…]
The Book of Leviticus closes with a recitation of blessings and curses. In a classic formula of Biblical language we read that we will be blessed IF we follow the commandments and cursed if we [Read more…]
Portion “Behar” (leviticus 25-26:2) contains a wealth of information on the Sabbatical and Jubilee years. Perhaps the most famous verse of the portion comes from [25:10]. The context is a verse referring to Hebrew slaves [Read more…]
I usually teach this Torah portion as sort of a Reader’s Digest version of Jewish life. After all, Leviticus 19 contains a basic overview of Jewish ethics, ritual and social laws; all underscored by the [Read more…]