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Minyan is a quorum of ten and it is a Jewish tradition to pray with a quorum. In fact, the holiest parts of prayer, the sanctification of G-d’s name and the chanting from the Torah, may only occur in the presence of a minyan. We believe that our prayers have …

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Behaaloscha: Love Your Fellow

May 19, 2013 – 1:58 am | 3,249 views
love your fellow - innerstream

When Your Brother Does Wrong
Several weeks ago, on Shabbat afternoon, we had a fascinating discussion. How should we respond when we learn through the media that our fellow Jew has behaved improperly or even immorally? Should we jump to condemn and separate ourselves from the crime lest it reflect badly …

B’haalotcha: Live every Moment

June 3, 2012 – 5:54 am | 2,795 views
live every moment

An Invitation
Just before the Jews departed Sinai, Moses invited his father in Law to join them. Jethro wasn’t a Jew from birth; he was a priest, who had converted first to monotheism and later Judaism. Moses was somewhat hesitant about his invitation as apparent from the following text.

B’Ha'alotcha: Absorbing the Abstract

May 24, 2010 – 5:13 pm | 2,472 views
learn for yourself - innerstream

Lighting The Candle
Every year, shortly after the holiday of Shavuot, we chant the Biblical injunction to kindle the candelabra in the Bet Hamikdash. King Solomon used the metaphor of light to describe the Torah for the Torah radiates light. It thus stands to reason that much can be inferred about …

Beha’alotcha: Constructive Shame

June 5, 2009 – 7:17 pm | 4,362 views
constructive shame - innerstream

A Royal Visit

As soon as the tabernacle was erected G-d instructed that seven lights be kindled on the candelabra every day. Surprised, Moses asked, “Dear G-d, you are the master of light, do you require light from us?” To which G-d replied with the following parable:

B'Ha'alotcha: Food For Thought For Your Dinner Table

June 12, 2008 – 3:42 pm | 1,715 views
food for thought - innerstream

Sunday: Eternal Lights
Aharon had hoped to deliver the inaugural ceremonies of the Mishkan, but when he saw that the tribal leaders were selected over him he was crestfallen. G-d comforted Aharon with the kindling of the Temple Lights. “Yours [the lights] are greater than theirs.”

B’ha’alotcha: Timeless Moments

May 27, 2007 – 4:48 am | One Comment | 2,412 views
timeless moments

Never Again
“Time is money,” or so goes the common refrain intended to underscore the importance of every moment. You wouldn’t discard a dollar so why waste a moment? The point is well taken, but the comparison is not equitable. Time is not money, it is much more than money. A …

B’haalotcha: The Silent Flame

June 14, 2006 – 4:47 pm | 2,169 views
Flame from HEaven

Hardly any Splash at all
One of the criteria by which professional high divers are rated is their smooth water entrance and the resultant splash factor.

B’Ha’alotcha: The Grand Design

June 11, 2006 – 11:56 am | 5,275 views
clouds of glory

A Missed Flight
Several days after my son’s circumcision, my wife and I went to visit the Mohel (Rabbi who performs circumcisions), who told us a remarkable tale of divine providence. He was once asked to perform a ritual circumcision in Lake Taho, to which he was required to travel …