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Korach: False populism

Rav lachem.  (Num 16:3) You have gone too far. Or as Rashi (11th c France) translated, “You have too much” Or, as Ibn Ezra (12th c Spain) translated, “You have enough.” Here’s the setting: Korach, a Levite like Moses and … Continue reading

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Naso: take time

Nasso. The chapter of rituals that aren’t in Leviticus. Odd rituals, strange, involving magical phrases, the power of haircuts and public extremism. I was at a Bar Mitzvah this last weekend, a mincha/afternoon service (so the young man had this … Continue reading

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Bamidbar: Hold your head high

Bamidbar – in the wilderness – the book of countings – the book of being counted. Just as Leviticus had another name, the Torah of the Priests, Bamidbar has another name too: Ha’Pikudim – the book of taking note, of … Continue reading

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Pinchas: the voice of the Urim today

“Moses spoke to the LORD, saying,“Let the LORD, Source of the breath of all flesh, appoint someone over the community who shall go out before them and come in before them, and who shall take them out and bring them … Continue reading

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Bamidbar: Words create worlds

Bamidbar. In the wilderness.  We are at the beginning of the book of Bamidbar, starting with the first parasha, of the same name.  We’re beginning the quintessential journey, the defining environment of our entire history.  We are in the middle … Continue reading

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Toldot: Family therapy time

Limmud Chicago was last weekend, and I’m still coming off the buzz of being with over 300 people, for 24 hours, learning, sharing, laughing, (eating) and learning some more. If I could convey the feeling that being at Limmud brings, … 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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