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The Ever-Repeated Story
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Bamidbar takes up the story as we left it toward the end of Shemot. The people had journeyed from Egypt to Mount Sinai. There they received the Torah. There they made the Golden Calf. There they were forgiven after Moses’ passionate plea, and there they made the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, inaugurated on the first of […]
Choose Your Friends Wisely (Escoge a Tus Amigos Sabiamente)
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“The families of the children of Korach would encamp on the side of the Tabernacle, to the south.” — Bamidbar 3:29 Yissochor and Zevulun became the teachers and supporters of Torah Rashi quotes the Medrash, “Yissochor and Zevulun became great in Torah because their tents were placed next to the tents of Moshe, Aharon, and […]
My Teacher, My Father
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It was November, 1938. Dark clouds were gathering over all of Europe, and particularly over the Jewish communities in countries like Poland and Lithuania. Although few foresaw the horrific extent of the Holocaust that lay ahead, everyone knew that those communities were in very grave danger.
Every Grain of Sand
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…anyone who kills one soul of Israel is considered as if he has killed an entire world; And anyone who sustains one soul of Israel is considered as if he has sustained an entire world – Talmud Bavli, Sanhedrin 37B The vastness of the world around us can be overwhelming.  We think of the six […]
Understanding Uniqueness
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Bamidbar begins appropriately with Hashem’s instructions to Bnei Yisroel on how to set up their camps as they travel through the midbar/desert to the land Hashem has promised them. The instructions are fairly detailed. Not only is each tribe given a specific position […]