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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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Balak: Blessings from outside the camp

The story of Balak and Balaam is one of the few parashiot (Torah portions) that are named after non-Israelites.  It’s a strange one, to be sure.  Right in the middle of the wilderness, we get our own version of Shrek. … Continue reading

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Shelach L’cha: Lessons for a wedding

To the groom!  To the bride!  We have a wedding this weekend, and that’s pretty much what’s on my mind.  The whole family is coming in from all over the world. We’re all very excited to be gathering for such … Continue reading

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B’ha’alotcha: The heaviness of leadership

We hear a lot about leadership these days – who’s got it, who doesn’t, who’s prepared for it, and who isn’t.  We talk a lot about our country’s leadership – what does it mean to be prepared to lead? It … 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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Bechukotai: Bigotry no sanction

This is a good week, Torah-wise, combining three of my favorite things:  meaningful text, contemporary American politics, and (of course) Broadway. “I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down untroubled by anyone..” (Lev 26:6) In “Hamilton”, … Continue reading

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Behar: Enough is as good as a feast

Here’s what I like about Behar, this week’s parasha.  There’s a lot to like, but these days the ideas of judicious behavior and equality are all over the place…sometimes in the breach, agreed, but nevertheless, all over the place.  And … Continue reading

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