Prepare To Die
Jun27

Prepare To Die

“There was no water for the people…The people contended with Moshe. ‘If only we had died when our brothers had died, before God! Why did you bring God’s congregation to this desert? So that we…should die?’” (Numbers 20:2–4). Death runs throughout this week’s Torah reading. The ashes of the Red Heifer. Miriam’s death. The people’s [...]

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All For One: And One For All
Jun21

All For One: And One For All

“You arrogate too much for yourselves, for the entire community—each of them—is holy” (Numbers 16:3). “All who toil on behalf of the community should toil with them for the sake of Heaven” (Avot 2:2). Who are you going to believe? This is not a theoretical question. This is literally, as Korach & Company showed us, [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Korach
Jun21

Pathways From Parshat Korach

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The More, The Holier
Jun14

The More, The Holier

“How long will this evil congregation persist, complaining about Me?” (Numbers 14:27). The following may only be performed in the presence of ten men: the repetition of the introduction to the Shema; praying as a minyan; the Blessing of the Kohanim; reading the Torah; reading the Haftorah; … the blessing of the bridegroom; invoking God’s [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Shelach
Jun14

Pathways From Parshat Shelach

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Pathways From Parshat Beha’alotkha
Jun07
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Pathways From Parshat Naso
Jun01

Pathways From Parshat Naso

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It’s All Good
May24

It’s All Good

“I am the Eternal-Lord, your God, Who took you out of Egypt, from the house of slavery” (Exodus 20:2). A non-Jew came to Hillel to convert, but wanted to do it in a curious way. “Teach me the entire Torah while I stand on one foot.” Hillel replied, “What you find disagreeable, don’t do to [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Bamidbar
May24

Pathways From Parshat Bamidbar

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The Best Guarantors
May17

The Best Guarantors

“Draw me after you / we will run” (Song of Songs 1:4). At Sinai, when the Jews were ready to receive the Torah, God said to them, “What? Am I supposed to give you the Torah without any security? Bring some good guarantors that you will keep it properly, and I will give it to [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Bechukotai
May17

Pathways From Parshat Bechukotai

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Pathways From Parshat Behar
May11

Pathways From Parshat Behar

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A Humble Week
May03

A Humble Week

Let’s start with a Chassidic story. The holy Baal Shem Tov was once a guest at someone’s home. He got up to go from a large room to a smaller room, but took a wrong turn and ended up in the cellar. “Check the mezuzahs,” he said. Someone there asked him, “Just because a person [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Emor
May03

Pathways From Parshat Emor

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Pathways From Parshat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim
Apr26
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Can You Handle The Downs?
Apr26

Can You Handle The Downs?

Let’s review what we wrote last week about the Omer-offering. Yes, it’s that important. The offering consisted of barley, an archetypical animal food. On the second day of Pesach, an omer (a measure equal to approximately 2 quarts/1.9 liter) of barley was waved in the six directions of space (up, down and to the four [...]

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