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Chukat: Live or Die

June 20, 2018 – 6:52 pm | 6 views

What do you think Judaism advocates, that we live for G-d or that we die for G-d?
Throughout history there have been two classic Jewish views. One was to place physical survival above spiritual; to live at all costs even the violation of our sacred Torah principles and cherished Jewish traditions. …

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Korach: Resenting Direction

June 12, 2018 – 10:11 pm |
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Korach, who resented direction, led a popular rebellion. Like all rebels he purported to take up the cause of the people. And like all rebels, his cause was neither real nor beneficial to the people.

Korach, “assembled against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for the entire congregation are all holy, and G-d is among them. So why do you raise yourselves over G-d’s people?”[1]

At Sinai, G-d didn’t choose Moses and Aaron. G-d chose us all. If we are each holy, why do we need a Moses and Aaron? Why do we need teachers to tell us what to do? This sounds like a populous cause because it appears to raise the banner of the ordinary person. Yet, it is a false clarion call. Moses did not raise himself over G-d’s people. On the contrary, Moses raised up G-d’s people. Read the full story »

Sh’lach: Bad News

June 3, 2018 – 12:07 am |
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Why is bad news so ubiquitous? Wherever we turn we seem to hear another piece of bad news. This one has cancer, that one broke an arm, another lost his job, and another’s home was flooded. Why is there so much bad news?
The truth is that there is much more …

B’haalotcha: Club Rules

May 27, 2018 – 12:26 am |
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The Hand-Book
When you first join a club, you obey all the club rules; you never make excessive noise and never smoke in public places. Yet, seniors at the club play fast and easy with rules, why is that? On your first day of high-school, you study the student-hand-book and …

Beha’alotcha: The Travel Codes

May 27, 2018 – 12:14 am |
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G-d developed travel codes in the desert to instruct the nation on when to gather and when to travel. There were approximately two million Jews traveling across the desert and it would have been impossible for a human voice to be heard over the din. G-d established a musical code …

Naso: To be Lifted

May 24, 2018 – 12:22 pm |
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To celebrate the inauguration of the tabernacle, the Jewish tribal princes made several key contributions. Among them were four wagons and eight oxen to transport the sacred vessels across the desert. When the Jews would travel in the desert, the Levites would disassemble the tabernacle and transport it, using these …

Bamidbar: Count for Something

May 10, 2018 – 9:40 pm |
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G-d instructed Moses to take a census of the Jewish people in the desert. In all, G-d told Moses to count the Jews three times in a forty-year period. Rashi, the famed eleventh century biblical commentator, explained that G-d counts the Jews because He loves them.[1]
This statement makes it sound …

B’har B’chukotai: True Freedom

May 6, 2018 – 8:19 am |
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Freedom is one of humanity’s fundamental goas. Ever since Moses trumpeted the call, “let my people go,” people the world over valued and treasured freedom. Yet we sometimes apply freedom too narrowly. When we see a person indentured into servitude we chafe at the unfairness of it. When we see …

Emor: Effective Perspective

April 29, 2018 – 12:16 am |
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Perspective is the key ingredient in life. Some people take the perspective that life owes them. Others take the perspective that no one owes them anything. The former, do nothing to help themselves, the latter do all that they can to help themselves. In our generation, too many are growing …

Acharei Mot Kedoshim: Chai to Life

April 21, 2018 – 11:08 pm |
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We are all familiar with chai, the Hebrew word for life. Chai has a numeric value of eighteen, which is why it is common for Jews to donate to charity in multiples of eighteen. The Talmud tells us that charity saves us from premature death.[1] When we donate in multiples …