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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, …

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Re’eh: Teaching Children

July 28, 2013 – 4:08 am |
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Memories of Children
What are your earliest Jewish memories?
My formative memories are of the holidays. Building a Sukkah with my father and brothers. Eating Matzah at the Seder table. Hearing the Ten Commandments on Shavuot.[1]

Ekev: Why Fear G-d?

July 22, 2013 – 3:21 pm | One Comment | 
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What is Fear?
Western society has rejected fear. We look back to the pedagogy of previous generations and believe it better to teach our children with love. We look back to the fear based leadership exercised by regimes and monarchies in the past and believe that our tolerant and open approach …

Vaetchanan: Therapeutic Healing

July 17, 2013 – 5:52 am |
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A Six Day Journey
We come away from the ninth of Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, with a spring to our step and a sense of hope. The six day stretch between the ninth and the fifteenth of Av are a transitional period, a time for healing. Our …

Devarim: Your Dying Words

July 7, 2013 – 3:41 am |
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What Would You Say
If you were told you had five months left, who would you spend it with and what would you tell them?

Matos Masei: Resisting Peer Pressure

June 30, 2013 – 4:03 am |
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The Dilemma
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Pinchas: Moses is You

June 25, 2013 – 1:49 pm |
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 The Past
There is a large cemetery in the annals of academia in which the past lies buried. This cemetery takes the form of history books monuments and museums. We visit our past, research and teach it, but we don’t live it. The past is simply, in the past. Judaism is …

Balak: To Be Like Dust

June 16, 2013 – 4:24 am |
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 Curious Praise
Overwhelmed by the beautiful sanctity of the Jewish people, Balaam burst forth with, “who can count the dust of Jacob?”[1] What did he mean by dust and why did he mention Jacob rather than Abraham?

Chukat: Withdrawal or Engagement

June 9, 2013 – 3:29 pm |
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The Debate
Our culture is one of robust debate. Hardly a topic is left undisputed by our sages. One of the central debates across Jewish history was that of withdrawal or engagement. Should the Jew be engaged in the material world, actively seeking to better society and environment or should we …