Monthly Archives: June 2012

Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

Time flies in this week’s portion. In 87 verses, we cover over 38 years.  Actually, if we accept Rashi’s conclusion that Chapter 20 onward takes place in the 40th year, that means we skipped  over about 37-38 years’ worth of … Continue reading

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Korach (Numbers 16:1−18:32)

A very intense portion. Last week’s reading ended with what seemed like a calming set of instructions concerning when (not if) the Israelites (actually, the next generation) would enter Canaan. But that was a moment of calm before a series … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41)

This week’s portion opens with what appears to be a divine command to Moses to send out 12 men, a leader from each tribe that will be allotted land (thus, not Levi), to spy out the Promised Land and bring … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

I am transitioning into summer mode. All this means is I have fewer time commitments and it’s hotter outside. But I am having difficulty focusing nonetheless. I do have a few new thoughts regarding this week’s Torah portion, but I’ll … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

[Posted late – sorry, computer problems.] This week’s (actually, last week’s. see above.) portion contains various items which seem to be unconnected. That means, of course, post-Biblical commentators have tried to find a connection.  I am particularly intrigued by that of … Continue reading

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