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Losing Miriam
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It is a scene that still has the power to shock and disturb. The people complain. There is no water. It is an old complaint and a predictable one. That is what happens in a desert. Moses should have been able to handle it with ease. He has been through far tougher challenges in his […]
Safe Humility and Real Humility
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וַיִּחַר לְמֹשֶׁה מְאֹד וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל ה’… לֹא חֲמוֹר אֶחָד מֵהֶם נָשָׂאתִי וְלֹא הֲרֵעֹתִי אֶת אַחַד מֵהֶם Moshe was greatly distressed and he said to Hashem “ …I have not taken even a single donkey of theirs nor have I wronged even one of them.” (16:15) Our pasuk describes how, upon being accused of abusing his […]
The Absence of Yehoshua
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In Parshat Shelach we read about the sin of the ten spies who were sent to the Land of Israel and the disastrous effects that it had on the Jewish people. Two spies however did not participate in the sin, Yehoshua and Calev. In fact, they both publicly protested the report of the ten spies: […]
Korach’s Cunning Strategy
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A little truth can go a long way… and, frequently, that’s a problem. What’s Wrong With the Truth? The Zohar teaches that for any lie to have a chance, and for any false accusation to pose a threat, they need to employ a kernel of truth. When Korach said, “The entire congregation (of Israel) is […]