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Moses appointed twelve emissaries to scout out the Holy Land and return with a report. The representative for the tribe of Ephraim was Moses’ primary disciple, Joshua. Until this time, the lad’s name was Oshua. But Moses added a letter to his name and called him Joshua.
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B’midbar: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table

May 25, 2008 – 3:19 am | Comments Off on B’midbar: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table2,453 views
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 Sunday: Exalted Names
In the first census of the Jewish nation each family was identified by name, “By the count of their names.” In the second census the tribes were identified, but the families were not. The first census occurred shortly after the Exodus and the generation that left Egypt was …

Bechukotai: Food For Thought for your Dinner Table

May 16, 2008 – 6:14 pm | Comments Off on Bechukotai: Food For Thought for your Dinner Table2,638 views
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Sunday: In the Right Time
If we follow His commandments G-d promises to make the rain fall in its time. Rashi explains that the right time for rain is on Shabbat. The Talmud relates that on the road, Rabbi Chanina Ben Dosa would pray for clear weather and upon returning home …

Behar: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

May 11, 2008 – 4:02 am | Comments Off on Behar: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table2,786 views
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Sunday: Three-Fifty-Four
Why are we obligated to let our fields lie fallow once every seven years? Rabbi Yonasan Eibshitz offered the following explanation. There are fifty-two Shabbats in a year, amounting to 312 Shabbats over the course of six years. Seven annual Biblical holidays, the first and last of Pesach, the …

Mitzorah: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

April 6, 2008 – 4:21 am | Comments Off on Mitzorah: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table2,510 views
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Sunday: Sequence of Portions
The Torah portion we read last week dealt with the affliction of Tzaraas, its symptoms and treatment. The Torah portion we read this week deals with the process that renders a past Metzorah ritually pure. Allegorically these two portions can be viewed as metaphors for the Jewish …

Shemini: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

March 26, 2008 – 2:42 am | Comments Off on Shemini: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table2,422 views
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Sunday: A Transcending Number
Why was the first day of service in the Tabernacle referred to as the eighth? It was preceded by seven days of training, but it was still just the first day of actual service. The number eight represents transcendence. Seven is the number of days in the …

Tzav: Food for Thought For Your Dinner Table

March 16, 2008 – 1:55 am | Comments Off on Tzav: Food for Thought For Your Dinner Table2,645 views
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Sunday: Virtual sacrifice
“This is the Torah of the burned offering; this is the burned offering upon the flames upon the altar, all night till the morning.” 
The fact that this verse begins with “This is the Torah of the burned offering,” teaches that our Torah studies about a burned offering are …

Vayikra: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

March 9, 2008 – 6:07 am | Comments Off on Vayikra: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table2,339 views
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Sunday: It’s up to you
Our Torah portion delineates the laws of the sacrificial rite. The introductory verse reads, “A man who will bring a Karban (offering) to G-d from among you.” The syntax in this verse is curious. It should have read, “A man from among you, who will bring …

Pekudei: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

March 3, 2008 – 4:00 am | Comments Off on Pekudei: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table2,757 views
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Sunday: The Famous Silver
Moses gave a full accounting for every ounce of copper and silver that was donated to the building of the Tabernacle. One Kikar (a measurement of Biblical origin) of silver was used to pour the foundations for the walls The thousand and the seven hundred and seventy-five …