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Matot Masei:That’s Ok, I’ll just stay here

(Apologies to how this is formatted. This is the best I could do with the tech environment I’m in) Standing at the edge of the Land, amassing at the border, and preparing to go in, Moses heard something he never … Continue reading

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Pinchas: Passing the Torch

Succession planning. It’s the mark of a real leader, and Moses is nothing if not a real leader. As Dr. Hal Lewis, President and CEO of Spertus Institute wrote, “Moses sets the standard for all those involved in Jewish communal … Continue reading

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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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Shelach l’cha: A wedding toast

Our niece got married last weekend. We were up in the Redwoods of Northern California  for the wedding.  It was pretty cold, actually, but it was the warmest group of people. Our niece has had some significant pain in her … 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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Behar B’chukotai: Fig trees and fear

“If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on. It outlives when I’m gone. Like the Scripture says: ‘Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree And no one shall make them afraid.’ They’ll be safe in … Continue reading

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Emor: The work of our hands

The week got away from me. Here’s commentary on Emor from a while back, but updated to what is (sadly) still relevant. Now here’s an odd story in this week’s parasha, Emor,  not that there aren’t a few odd stories … Continue reading

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