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Pinchas: Thanks, SCOTI

I wasn’t going to write about the Daughters of Tzelophechad again.  Everyone writes about the Daughters of Tzelophechad this week.  The Daughters of Tzelophechad are the go-to story in this week’s parasha, often because, if you read your words out … Continue reading

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Balak: There sure are a lot of those guys

No one likes to be in the minority.  Least of all, rulers.  They get antsy. “Moab was alarmed because that people was so numerous” (Num 22:3)  Moab was a country outside of the Land, in modern-day south-west Jordan.  Relations between … Continue reading

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Chukat: Water, water everywhere…

We’ve had a lot of water from the skies lately.  In fact, there have hardly been three days straight without rain, which is quite a change from last summer, when the whole Midwest was suffering from drought. We complained last … Continue reading

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Korach: Are we there yet?

We live in a tense world.  I mean that grammatically, not psychologically. Yes, tension does play a huge role in our lives (ok, maybe that’s just me talking).  But I’m talking about tense as in, past, present and future.  Much … Continue reading

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B’ha’alotcha: Where’s the beef?

  Was it really all about the food, Moses?   In Chapter 11 of Numbers, this week’s parasha Be’ha’alotecha  (quite possibly the hardest parasha to pronounce), the people start kvetching. Again. About food.   They’ve just gotten on the move, … Continue reading

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Matot: Adultescence

Vows.  I know we’re still a couple of months away from Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, when we talk a lot about the vows and promises we make, but this week’s parasha Matot brings it up right away:  “If a … Continue reading

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Pinchas: daughters of Richard

  The daughters of Tzelophechad and I have a lot in common.  Granted, my family name Salzman was easier to pronounce, though I bet we got it misspelled as often as Mahla, Noa, Chogla, Milcha and Tirza did.  Ok, maybe … Continue reading

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Balak: Priests and Prophets

Well, here’s an odd little story in the middle of the wilderness. There’s this non-Israelite king (one of the “bad” guys) who is going up against the Israelites in battle, and to ensure victory, he seeks out what apparently was … Continue reading

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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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