Tag Archives: Numbers

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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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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Matot Masei-where would you stand?

Finishing up the book of Numbers (Bamidmar…in the wilderness) we have a double portion this week:  Matot/Masei.  Most of the two sections are taken up with verses that don’t resonate easily with us; first, what happens when women make vows … Continue reading

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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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