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B’Midbar: Everyone Counts

May 14, 2006 – 4:18 am | 1,401 views
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The Census
During the forty years of our ancestors’ journey across the dessert their census was taken a total of four times, one of which is recorded in this week’s Parsha.

Korach: Frigid Divisiveness

January 12, 2006 – 4:15 am | 2 Comments | 2,088 views
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Apathetic Frostbite
The Baal Shem Tov taught that a Jew must utilize every encounter to gain inspiration inhis or her divine service. One winter day, the Baal Shem Tov’s students noticed a cross engraved in a sheet of ice and asked their rabbi what inspiration might be derived from a cross. …

Pinchas : Same Sex Marriage Part One

November 4, 2005 – 2:03 am | 1,775 views

This essay is not related to the Parsha of the week but is posted here
because the subject has recently become a household topic of discussion

[Part one of three]
The Debate

Same Sex Marriage is a front-page news item debated in North American
media, legislatures and courts. The topic has recently piqued again
because of …

Matot: Same Sex Marriage Part Two

November 4, 2005 – 2:03 am | 1,825 views

Two Arguments
Same Sex Marriage is often defended on the following grounds.1.Legalizing behavior that is religiously forbidden doesn't imply that such behavior is beyond religious reproach. It simply implies that such behavior is beyond secular reproach. Though such behavior violates religious values we must not bring such concerns to the public …

Masei: Same Sex Marriage Part Three

August 4, 2005 – 3:20 am | 2 Comments | 3,144 views

This essay is not related to the Parsha of the week but is posted here
because the subject has recently become a household topic of discussion
[Part Three of Three]
Same Sex Marriage

Part Three
A Question of Definition
The debate on same sex
marriage has focused in part on the distinction between same sex
marriage and same …

Balak: Slander and Narcissism

July 15, 2005 – 2:45 pm | 1,589 views
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Bilaam
Bilaam was a narcissistic megalomaniac. He would have made an interesting case study had he been analyzed by modern psychologists. He was a master manipulator who tried to bend everyone to his will. He even attempted to manipulate G-d! (1)

Sh’lach L’chah : Despite All Odds

June 21, 2005 – 5:28 am | 1,598 views
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Communicating Truths
In May of 1967, an Egyptian parliamentary delegation visiting Moscow was told that Israel had concentrated its army on the Syrian border and that an imminent Israeli invasion of Syria should be expected.

Naso : The Priestly Blessing of Love

May 18, 2005 – 1:42 am | One Comment | 1,726 views
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The Ritual
If you have ever been to the Synagogue during the Priestly blessing, you know it is a celestial experience. The Kohen removes his shoes, approaches the podium his fase hidden behind his prayer shawl. He extends his hands towards the congregation, fingers parted and palms stretched outwards, he awaits, …