Parashat Chukat


To the cryptic practice of the red heifer, the Rabbis applied a verse in Kohelet (7:23): I said, Let me grow wise, but wisdom was far away from me. What did they mean? When some part of God's law does not make sense to us, we can either decide the problem is with the Torah or we can be

Parashat Chukat2015-06-25T13:09:40+08:00

Parashat Korach


Asking questions, we are told, is one way that Korah challenged Moses. He asked: does a house full of sacred books require amezuzah?  It does. To the world, a mezuzahannounces that herein lies a Jewish home and this display of Jewish pride is important. The Temple, we are taught from a verse, did not have a mezuzah and this is

Parashat Korach2015-06-18T23:05:33+08:00

Parashat Shelach Lechah


And Moses called Hosea the son of Nun Joshua. Wasn't it unfair that Joshua was the only spy on whose behalf Moshe prayed? The Targum says that Moshe knew Joshua to be more humble than the others and that's why he prayed for him. Joshua's humility did not allow him to dispute the majority of the

Parashat Shelach Lechah2015-06-12T08:24:48+08:00

Parashat Beha’alotcha


And the people became as complainers of evil...Famous translations do not include the word "as," seeing it as redundant. Sforno explains its purpose elegantly. Knowing they had nothing to complain about it, the people still complained, if only to provoke a reaction. Thus, the people were "like" complainers but they were not "real" complainers. Simply

Parashat Beha’alotcha2015-06-04T15:23:38+08:00
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