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The Road Not Taken
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The events recounted in Parashat Balak took place millennia ago, but so many of the elements of the story are all too familiar to the modern reader. Although the actual conquest of the Land of Israel had not yet begun, there had already been a few military skirmishes between the Israelites and the tribes of […]
Why Worry About Bilam?
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Introduction Who Needs to Know? The Bilam and Balak narrative is unique in being the only extended story in the last four books of the Torah in which nobody from the Children of Israel is an active participant and non-Jews form the entire cast of human characters. The story spans multiple chapters, the first of […]
Parshat Chukat- Because I Said So
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If we don’t understand it, why do we do it? Simon Springer, from Seattle, New York and West Coast NCSY, goes through different opinions in Jewish thought to teach us about the nature of mitzvot and how to use to become better people.
Anger Management
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There are some, say the Talmud, who acquire their world in an hour and others who lose it in an hour. No example of the latter is more arresting and bewildering than the famous episode in this week’s parsha. The people have asked for water. God tells Moses to take a staff and speak to […]