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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 […]
What Makes God Laugh
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There is an old saying that what makes God laugh is seeing our plans for the future.[1] However, if Tanakh is our guide, what makes God laugh is human delusions of grandeur. From the vantage point of heaven, the ultimate absurdity is when humans start thinking of themselves as godlike. There are several pointed examples […]
Like a Princess
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Last week’s parashah ended in chaos: Promiscuity, idolatry, and death had somehow overrun the Israelite camp. To be sure, throughout the forty years in the desert there had been episodes of spiritual backsliding, but this episode was different, both in character and in scope: Twenty-four thousand people lost their lives as a result of this […]