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Let’s stop and examine the opening words of this week’s Parsha. “It shall come to pass when…” V’haya eikev. Another way to translate that would be to say, “It will come into existence as a result of.” Based on the sentence structure so far we can expect that what is about to follow would be a conditional clause, like an if/then situation. But does that fit with our perception of who HaShem is?
At the time Moses was pleading (va’etchanan means “and I sought favor”) with Elohim for another chance to enter into the land, the world wasn’t much different than it is today. You probably assume that that I have a punch line following that statement, but I don’t. Let’s examine this week’s parsha together.
When reading through this parsha this time around, I paused to reflect on Deuteronomy 1:10. We should be very familiar with the promise made to Avinu Avraham (Our father Abraham) by now, but it’s worth looking at it again.
Our portion this week is a double Parsh and the final ones of the book of B’midbar (Numbers). Numbers 30-36 Jeremiah 1:1-2:28 Acts 9:1-22; James 4:1-12 It is significant that for the second time the Daughters of Zelophehad make an appearance in the book. (The first time was in…
When is enough actually enough for us? How many times do we see injustice occurring and think to ourselves, “I wish someone would do something about that”? We begin this week by reading about Elohim’s reaction to the zeal that Pinchas displayed in the previous Parsha. Let’s to go back to the end of last week’s Torah portion to refresh our memory.
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….