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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Matot-Masei
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“The Kiss of Hope” Would you ever imagine that our holy Sages had a lot to say about a kiss? Would we not assume that kisses would be judged unworthy of their consideration? But such is not the case. They had much to say about kisses. The significance of the kiss was brought home to […]
A Lush Land
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After countless delays, punishments and disappointments, as the Jews draw tantalizingly close to the Promised Land, a strange request is made by the tribes of Reuven and Gad: They said, ‘If you would grant us a favor, let this land be given to us as our permanent property, and do not bring us across the […]
Elijah and the Still, Small Voice
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Then the word of the Lord came to him: ‘Why are you here, Elijah?’  He replied, I am moved by the zeal for the Lord, God of Hosts…” The Lord said to him, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then […]
We Are Family: Parshat Pinchas
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In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Pinchas, Pinchas’ act of zealotry in Numbers chapter 25 earns him the priesthood. But it also casts new light on a prior scene involving his tribe of Levi and the tribe of Shimon back in Genesis chapter 34.
Moshe’s Mantle
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As the Israelites move closer to entering the Land of Israel, issues of inheritance come to the fore. This is true regarding the Land itself, on the one hand, but also in terms of leadership on the other hand. Moshe, who will not enter the Land of Israel, raises the question: Who will be the […]