Parashat Balak


When Balak, King of Moab, first describes Israel, he does not mention their name. Instead he says: Look, a people has come out of Egypt...Did he not know their name? The people of Moab were descendants of Abraham's nephew, Lot. On more than one occasion Abraham had saved Lot - and now the descendants of

Parashat Balak2021-06-24T16:13:00+08:00

Parashat Chukat


Moses is not allowed to enter the land of Israel because of this episode: And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "...assemble the community, you and Aaron your brother, and you shall speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water ...And Moses raised his hand and he struck the rock...Isaac

Parashat Chukat2021-06-17T20:11:27+08:00

Parashat Korach


Korah and his followers argued that a holy nation can be trusted to elect their leaders: "For all the community, they are all holy, and in their midst is the LORD, and why should you (Moses and Aaron) raise yourselves up over the LORD's assembly?" Isaac Arama explains that Moses does not respond by tightening

Parashat Korach2021-06-10T19:43:32+08:00

Parashat Shelach Lechah


Of the twelve spies that Moses sent to scout the land, only Joshua and Caleb gave a positive report. And yet we find that Caleb did most of the talking. Joshua - Moses' beloved student - remained silent: And Caleb silenced the people around Moses and said, "We will surely go up and take hold

Parashat Shelach Lechah2021-06-03T20:41:19+08:00
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