A monthly commentary relating Torah to learning about Jewish sacred aging.
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…]
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…]