Monthly Archives: June 2012

Chukat: Water (water, water, water)

Life has a way of telling you that you should have done something you didn’t.  So does the Torah.  There’s a lot of “cautionary tale” teaching going on in the Torah – think Golden Calf and picking favorites among your … Continue reading

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Korach: Rebellion back in the Garden?

A lot of ink has been used to try to understand the parasha Korach, this week’s installment in the ongoing saga of the wanderings of the Israelites.  Out in the desert, trying to get from point A (Egypt) to point … Continue reading

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Shelach l’cha: A new path to the Land

I got to go to Baltimore’s very first Limmud last week. Chicago is holding its fourth annual festival of Jewish learning this February, and from the vantage point of the wise, old experienced Limmudnik, I can tell you that the … Continue reading

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Beha’alotcha: Giving Moses a hand

“Will you people just stop whining?”  That’s what Moses must be thinking in this week’s portion, Beha’alotcha. (Numbers 8:-12)   Moses has just received yet more detailed instructions about purifying and offering and marching in order.  Out in the wilderness, traveling … Continue reading

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