Parashat Balak


The Talmud states: Moses wrote his book and the parasha of Balaam...Although the parasha is unrelated to Moshe or his teaching, nonetheless Moshe included it in the Torah, so explains Rashi. Indeed, the protagonists of the parasha are a foreign seer (Balaam) and king (Balak), they are discussing how to overcome this new upstart nation

Parashat Balak2018-06-28T21:04:36+08:00

Parashat Chukat


And the community had no water, and they assembled against Moses and against Aaron. And the people disputed with Moses...And Moses, and Aaron with him, came away from the assembly...Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly in front of the rock...Why the assembling and reassembling of the people? The Midrash imagines that Moses and the people

Parashat Chukat2018-06-21T15:23:05+08:00

Parashat Korach


Behold, here is the king that you have chosen, that you have requested, now God has given you a king. Focusing on the space between choosing and requesting, Malbim develops the idea of how we interacted with God to establish our first king. On the one hand God fulfilled our request for a monarchy, but

Parashat Korach2018-06-14T21:17:11+08:00

Parashat Shelach Lechah


Franklin D. Roosevelt said "Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself" and the Netziv uses this idea to explain a number of verses. The spies who entered the land pronounced and we were in our own eyes like grasshoppers, and so we were in their eyes. When the spies realized they were afraid,

Parashat Shelach Lechah2018-06-07T17:56:37+08:00
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