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Parshat Korach: What Could Be Wrong With Mussar?
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“And he (Moshe) spoke to Korach and all of his congregation saying, “In the morning Hashem will make known who is His and who is sanctified He will draw close to Himself. Who He chooses, He will draw close to Himself.” (BeMidbar 16:5) Should we devote time to the study of mussar (moral discipline)? It […]
Parshat Korach: What Was In It For Datan and Aviram?
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“And Korach the son of Yitzhar the son of Kahat the son of Leyve separated himself, together with Datan and Aviram the sons of Ahaliav and Ohn the son of Pelet, the sons of Reuven.” (BeMidbar 16:1) Korach initiated a dispute with Moshe regarding the leadership of Bnai Yisrael. Rashi explains that Korach was motivated […]
What Made Joshua and Caleb Different?
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Shelach Lecha – 18 June 2011 – 16 Sivan 5771 The spies sent by Moses to explore the land came back with a wholly misleading report. They said “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we . . . The land through which we have gone as […]
Haftarah for Balak
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G-d will allow Israel to fall into the hands of their enemies before the Messiah reveals himself and the kingdom of Judah will be reunited with the “lost” Tribes. The Messiah will return them from exile and be their king. At that time, there will be permanent peace. If Assyria (or, presumably, some other hostile […]
Haftarah for Chukas
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Yiftach (Jephthah in English) was a great warrior, but he had a different mother than his siblings. (She was possibly a prostitute, a concubine, or simply a woman from another Tribe – the commentators offer a variety of opinions.) His brothers expelled him so that he would not inherit with them. But when Israel went […]