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The Unique Element of Korach’s Rebellion
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Now Korach, the son of YItzhar, the son of K’hat, the son of Levy, with Datan and Aviram, the sons of Eliav, and Ohn, the son of Pelet, sons of Reuven, took men. And they rose up before Moshe, with certain men of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty men – princes of […]
Beyond the Fringe
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Our sedra ends with one of the great commands of Judaism – tsitsit, the fringes we wear on the corner of our garments as a perennial reminder of our identity as Jews and our obligation to keep the Torah’s commands: God spoke to Moses, telling him to speak to the Israelites and instruct them to […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Shelach
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“Of Grasshoppers and Jewish Pride” Just as there were six million victims, so were there at least six million stories. One of those stories seems to have occurred many times, because I’ve heard it told by quite a few survivors. It is the story of two or more Jews, witnessing the sadistic and murderous scenes […]
Shelach – Rishon
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Until this point, life in the wilderness had its ups and downs. The revelation at Sinai? Up. The golden calf? Down. The manna? Up. The quail? Down. And so on and so forth. In this parsha, things take a horrible turn for the worse. G-d told Moshe to send twelve prominent representatives, one per Tribe, […]