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Don’t Be a Heel
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This week’s Torah portion takes its name from the unusual word used to describe our reward for following G-d’s commandments. So what’s the story behind that word?
Oh Say Can You Hear?
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The Jewish national anthem – Shema Yisroel – appears in this week’s Torah portion. Why do we cover our eyes and what should be going through our minds as we say the words?
Swear Words
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This week’s Torah portion discusses the annulment of vows. So when we say Kol Nidrei on Yom Kippur, what types of vows can and can’t we wipe out?
We Are Family
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Pinchas’ act of zealotry in Numbers chapter 25 earns him the priesthood. But it also casts new light on a prior scene involving his tribe of Levi and the tribe of Shimon back in Genesis chapter 34. Tune in for details….
Avada Kedavra
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Long before Voldemort and Saruman uttered their first fictional curses, the Jewish people faced off against the real-life sorcerer, Balaam. Balaam’s plan to curse the Jews failed when G-d turned his curses into blessings. But do coerced blessings ever take effect?
Who Let the Snakes Out?
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The Jews are bitten by snakes after complaining again in the desert. At G-d’s instruction, Moses builds a copper snake so that the Jews can look at it and be healed. What message was G- d trying to send to them – and to us – and how can that message help keep us healthy?
Not You 2 Again
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Korach is joined in his rebellion by Moses’ life-long antagonists, Doson and Aviram. Will Moses jump at his big chance to get rid of them forever? Would you?
It’s So Easy Being Green
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Aaron was upset that he and his tribe did not get to donate offerings for the inauguration of the Altar. G-d cheered him up by reassuring him hat he would get to light the Menorah. Was Aaron jealous? And if not, what was going on?