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The Beautiful Life of Rabbi Moses

Pinchas: Numbers 25:10 – 30:1 “The Beautiful Life of Rabbi Moses”   There is a beautiful passage in this week’s Torah portion where God tells Moses to ascend a mountain and, from its peak, to gaze at the Promised Land before him. After that, God...

Beating Life Into Submission

Balak: Numbers 22:2 – 25:9 “Beating Life Into Submission”   This week’s Torah portion retells one of the most peculiar stories in Torah; that of Balaam and his donkey. Balaam is a professional curser hired by Balak, king of Moab, to curse the...

Why The Spies Were Wrong

Sh’lach L’cha: Numbers 13:1 – 15:41 “Why The Spies Were Wrong”   This week, in Torah, we meet again the story of the twelve elders, leaders of the Hebrew tribes, whom Moses sends to spy upon the Land of Canaan ahead of the...

The I of The Storm

B’haalot’cha: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 “The I of The Storm”   Like many times before in the Exodus narrative, the Hebrews are, once again, rebelling against Moses and complaining about their current condition. This time, the wilderness’...