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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…
Not just a decree, but the decree. And what a complex decree it is! We begin this week’s busy Torah portion with a law that has continued to baffle scholars, sages and biblical students alike over the years: the purifying ashes of the red heifer.
Numbers 16:1-18:32 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22 Acts 5:1-11 Korach’s great rebellion against Moshe is possible the most well known in Scripture. At some point during the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, Korach stirs up Dathan, Aviram and On to rebel against Moshe and Aharon in two-pronged attack. After getting…
After scouting the Promised Land of Canaan, ten of the twelve spies came back and delivered a statement that provoked fear in the hearts of the Israelites.
In our portion this week Israel complete their final preparations for leaving the mountain. After organizing the camps, arranging communication while traveling and celebrating the Passover for those unable a month before, they finally leave Mt. Sinai and begin their journey to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob….
It seems we begin this portion of the Torah with a continuation of more numbers. More counting. More censuses. But here we notice something strange. Just prior in Numbers 3:17 the sons of Levi are listed in order of their seniority with Gershon being first, Kohat listed second and Merari…
This week we begin a new book with the portion Bemidbar or “In the wilderness.” Numbers 1:1-4:20 Hosea 2:1-22 Romans 9:22-33 The book of Numbers, as we know it in English, covers just under 39 years of the journey through the desert to the Promised Land. The commentary by Keil…
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?
This week’s Parsha deals with some seemingly outdated topics about farming. Leviticus 25:1-2 begins with the command that when we should come into the land, we are to let it rest and have its own Sabbath. It goes on to clarify:
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…