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Parshat Korach: The Torah’s Expectations of its Leaders
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And they gathered against Moshe and Aharon and they said to them: You have enough! For all of the nation – every member – are sacred and Hashem is among them. Why have you lifted yourselves above the congregation of Hashem? (Sefer BeMidbar 16:3) 1. Korach’s true objective Parshat Korach describes a rebellion initiated and […]
Parshat Shelach: The Lady and the Tzizit
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The Talmud tells the tale of the yeshiva student who was overcome with desire to meet a certain illustrious prostitute. He sends a large sum of money in advance and goes on a long journey to meet her. Ultimately he arrives, but right before sinning, his Tzitzit slap him in the face, bringing him back […]
The Fear of Freedom
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The episode of the spies has rightly puzzled commentators throughout the centuries. How could they have got it so wrong? The land, they said, was as Moses had promised. It was indeed “flowing with milk and honey.” But conquering it was impossible. “The people who live there are powerful, and the cities fortified and very […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Shelach
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Imagine standing at a crossroads. We have all been there. We have all experienced moments in our life’s journey when we had to make a crucial choice and decide whether to proceed along one road or along another. (Except for Yogi Berra, of course, who famously said, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it.")