Monthly Archives: June 2015

Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

Have you ever seen an intense movie, or read an engrossing book, where, as you get near the end, it seems that the author loses energy, or gets tired of the story, and just wants to tie things up as … Continue reading

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Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

I have always had a complicated relationship with authority.  My mother was a teacher and my father, a doctor and medical school professor, and the authority figures of my childhood were mainly teachers and doctors, so it became difficult to … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

This week, we reach the low point in the story of the Israelites who escaped from Egypt.  The Lord commands Moses to send 12 leaders, one per landed tribeas scouts to spy out the land of Canaan.  Moses does so, … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

This week’s portion, B’Haalotekha, starts out rather peacefully.  We read instructions concerning the gold menorah; the final preparation of the Levites (including a full-body shave); and the institution of Pesach Sheni, a second Passover a month later, for those who … Continue reading

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