Monthly Archives: June 2014

Chukat: Underplaying the scene

  Chukkat is one jam-packed parasha.   One of the most powerful moments, however, is when Moses strikes the rock and water comes out.  A little background, first.   There is some disagreement as to whether we’re in year 2 … Continue reading

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Korach: Plan B

Temper, temper, God.  You always go right that place, don’t You?  “Stand back from this community that I may annihilate them in an instant!!” (Num. 16:21)  In Korach, this week’s parasha, there is rebellion afoot.  Korach, a Levite like Moses … Continue reading

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Shelach L’cha: The silver thread that binds

There is a silver string on the front of my tallit (prayer shawl), tied onto the tzitzit, the fringes.    I can’t remember how long it’s been there, but it started with a campaign from the Women of the Wall,.  It’s … Continue reading

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B’ha’lotecha: Buying your own manna

One of my favorite words in Torah shows up in this week’s parasha, B’ha’alotecha.  It’s “asafsuf”…go ahead, try saying it, accent on the final syllable.  I’ll wait.  Fun, isn’t it? Asafuf is also kind of hard to translate, but it’s … Continue reading

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