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Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

When we last left the Israelites, they were still coming to grips with the prospect of spending the next 38+ years in the wilderness instead of the Promised Land.  Their response is not the usual whining but a series of … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

This week’s portion is of two moods.  The beginning is a continuation of the preparations before finally setting out from Sinai.   Aaron lights the lamps of the 7-branched menorah.  The Levites are officially designated and ritually purified, including a full … 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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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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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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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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