Tag Archives: Shabbat

Matot Masei: Changing relationships

This week’s parasha is a double one: Matot-Masei. We’re at the end of Bamidbar, coming to the end of our journey towards the Land. It’s been a long haul – 40 years, in fact. In that time, and entire generation … Continue reading

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Pinchas: Remembering my father

It’s tech week for the show I’m in, and for those that understand, you understand. But it’s also the week of my father’s yahrtzeit….30 years now since he died. I wanted to just re-run an older commentary on Pinchas, and … Continue reading

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Balak: answering our inner angel

“They are too numerous for me. Perhaps I can defeat them and drive them off the land.” (Num 22:6) This comes from the mouth of Balak, King of Moab, in this week’s parasha named for him. The two main characters … Continue reading

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Chukat: Hitting the rock

Last week’s parasha was Korach, and the question I asked, along with so many, was “What did Korach do that was so wrong?”  He challenged Moses’ and Aaron’s, asked what made them so special, after all,  the whole community is … Continue reading

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Korach: This year I’m on your side

I really don’t know what to do with this parasha this week. It’s Korach. Every year, I admit I struggle with this text; what is it that Korach did so wrong?  Korach (who was from the tribe of Levi, like … Continue reading

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B’ha’alotcha: Meltdown in the Wilderness

We’ve all seen the meltdowns. The child in the grocery store, that moment when you realize you’ve gone on  One. Errand. Too. Many.  We know how hard it is for the adult in charge, and we resolve to be empathetic, … Continue reading

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Bamidbar/Shavuot: ultimate folk festival

I love going to folk festivals. I used to go all the time. There’s something about a huge group of people, all facing the main stage, waiting expectantly for the groups to perform, gathering the entire crowd into a remarkably … Continue reading

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