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Moses’ Disappointment
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Hidden beneath the surface of parshat Pinchas the sages uncovered a story of great poignancy. Moses, having seen his sister and brother die, knew that his own time on earth was coming to a close. He prayed to God to appoint a successor: “May the Lord, God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a […]
Pinchas: Avoiding a Hateful Heart
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Love is an emotion. It is a feeling, often a very passionate one, that we have toward another person, creature, or object. Our Torah speaks of the love we are to have for each other, for the stranger in our midst, and for the Almighty. Scripture alludes to the love a man and woman have […]
Dos Elementos del Pecado
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“Pero si la reprobó su padre en el día que la oyó…, todas las promesas y las prohibiciones que ella se hizo a sí misma no tendran validez!…; y Di-s la Ha de perdonar…, pues la desaprobó su padre a ella.”—Bamidbar 30:6 Si bien un neder es un juramento vinculante, existen métodos como anularlo.  Por […]
Word
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The winds of war were blowing; the Israelites were to prepare to fulfill the word of God and take vengeance against the Midianites. The Moav/Midian incursion had left 24,000 Jews dead, and the time had come to settle the score. Moreover, the plan of attack employed by the Moavites and Midianites had introduced idolatrous practices […]
La Voz Interna
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“Pinjas, hijo de Eleazar—el hijo de Aharon, el sumo sacerdote—logró detener Mi ira…–que se dirigía contra los Hijos de Israel—al celar Mi celo entre ellos…, y—por su intervención—no exterminé a los Hijos de Israel por Mi celo…!”—Bamidbar 25:11 Pinjas recibió el Bris Shalom El posuk nos dice que porque Pinjas defendió el honor de HASHEM, […]
Zealotry in Pursuit of Dissension
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We live in a time not just of paradox but of extreme impulses that call to mind Yeats, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”  There seems to be no ballast at the core of our experience, nothing to root us and give us rational context to the […]
Parshat Pinchas 5776
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Irony – we in Israel, this year, read Parshat Pinchas, which contains – among other things – the mitzva of the twice daily offerings in the Beit HaMikdash (the T’midim) This Shabbat is the 17th of Tammuz (fast postponed to Sunday) which marks – among other things – the cessation of the T’midim The show […]
Balak: Balaam and Dostoevsky
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Frustration. Disillusionment. But also insight and a lifelong intellectual perspective. That is how I would describe the experience I am about to share with you, dear reader. It all started with Dostoevsky. That’s right, Fyodor Dostoevsky, the famous 19th century Russian novelist, author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, and much more. His […]