Parsha Thought – Balak

Numbers 22:2-25:9 Micah 5:6-6:8 Romans 11:25-32 Our portion this week features an unlikely “hero”.  Perhaps more of a main character than hero.  Balaam, son of Beor, lived near the Euphrates River.  Such was his reputation that he was called by the Balak, king of Moab to come and curse the…

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Parsha Thought – Bechukotai

Why do these blessings only speak of a plentiful harvest and safety from enemies? Are there no spiritual blessings that accompany obedience to the will of Elohim? Wouldn’t “following His decrees and observing His commandments and performing them” (Leviticus 26:3) merit a personal growth and blessing as well? The Torah, apparently, doesn’t see the need to expound on that. It seems to imply that there is a direct link between how the crops turn out and how we behave.  Why?

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Parsha Thought – Emor

Our portion this week is Parsha Emor – Speak.  (Leviticus 21:1-24:23)  It continues the section on holiness, and specifically deals with the priests, sacrifices, festivals, and the Mishkan/Tabernacle.  In a very strict sense, not much of this applies to us today.  Most of us are not priests, and those that…

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