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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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Shlach: What I Learned From A Tree

June 12, 2011 – 4:46 am | Comments Off on Shlach: What I Learned From A Tree3,425 views
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The Holy Tree
Oh, the tales trees could tell if only trees could tell tales.There is a large tree in my backyard under whose branches many little dramas have played out. Many a toddler has crawled under its branches, many a back has leaned against its trunk, over the years the …

Terumah: How To Make A Sanctuary

January 30, 2011 – 4:19 am | Comments Off on Terumah: How To Make A Sanctuary2,507 views
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Four Elements
The tabernacle Moses was commanded to erect comprised the four basic elements, inanimate, vegetative, animate and human. The floor was desert sand, representing the inanimate element. The walls were wooden, representing the vegetative element. The roof was of animal hide, representing the animate element and the people that worshiped …

Terumah: Beyond the Call of Duty

February 27, 2006 – 3:22 am | Comments Off on Terumah: Beyond the Call of Duty2,732 views
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Asking for Help?
As a rabbi in a small community, I am often approached by congregants, who need to recite the Kaddish, for help with Minyan recruitment. Before I respond to the call of duty and agree to recruit, I always ask the congregant to go beyond the call of duty …