Monthly Archives: June 2014

Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1), Rosh Chodesh

Saturday and Sunday mark the beginning of the month of Tammuz, so we read Numbers 28: 9-15 from a second scroll (sacrifices) and the Shabbat Rosh Chodesh haftarah, Isaiah 66:1-24. Parashat Chukkat covers 38+ years in 87 verses.  Actually, it skips … Continue reading

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Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

Try to imagine yourself an Israelite at the time of this portion.  You had followed a couple of old men out of Egypt to go to a Promised Land, leaving a miserable but predictable life as a slave, impressed by … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

This week: absolute disaster, which might have been foreseen. Moses sends out 12 chieftains, a leader from each tribe (except Levi), to get very specific information about the now-nearby land of Canaan.  Why?  While we read in Numbers 13:1-2 that … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  My Uncle Charles (aka Roger) participated as a paratrooper in the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division.  I heard about his WWII exploits from my mother but unfortunately never discussed … Continue reading

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