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Bedrock Beginnings
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Parshat Balak is our formal introduction to the great gentile prophet, Bilaam. Although King Balak of Moav hired Bilaam to curse Bnei Yisroel, Bilaam, by his own admission, could speak only the words Hashem would put into his mouth. What comes out are beautiful, eternal prophecies, including one which is even […]
Source of Sustenance: Song and Struggle
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Chukas contains one of only nine song/poems recorded in Tanach. (A tenth will be sung at the time of Moshiach.) Yet it seems to be buried inauspiciously within an itinerary listing many of the stops of Bnei Yisroel on their journey and some of the […]
Egocentricity or Envy?
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Korach, a leader in the tribe of Levi, gathered to him Dothan Aviram and another 250 men and challenged Moshe’s authority as Hashem’s representative in appointing Aharon to be the High Priest. When Moshe sees he can make no headway with Korach, Moshe sends for […]
Grave’s Guardianship
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             The incident of the spies, their negative report about the Land, and the dire consequences for the generation in the desert are well known. Of the twelve spies Moshe sent, with Hashem’s permission, only two did not succumb to the lure of speaking negatively about the […]
Honorable Humility
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             One of the verses in Parshat Beha’alotcha describes Moshe as being exceedingly anav/humble. Since Moshe himself wrote the Torah, ask our commentators, how could he, in all humility, write that he was humble? What, in fact, is humility? Should it be mean not acknowledging one’s […]
Visceral Viewing
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Whenever the Torah records two seemingly unrelated ideas together, whether mitzvoth or incidents, our rabbis try to find some relationship between the two that forms a logical connection. Such is the case in Parshat Naso. We begin with the case of a woman who goes astray […]
Society’s Significance
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             When Moshe received word from Hashem, he was told to transmit those words and directions to Bnei Yisroel. The standard procedure involved a certain protocol. Moshe would begin by teaching Aharon, Then Moshe would teach Aharon’s sons as Aharon remained beside him. While all These remained […]
Peddler’s Preaching
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Although Tzoraas is a dreaded disease, the Torah provides “doctor”/priest and the physical ritual necessary necessary to enable its cure. But a medrash provides the method for avoiding this disease entirely and indeed for prolonging one’s life. The Medrash relates that a peddler, while hawking his wares near […]