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Category: Torah

Encounters with Fear: Parshat Balak

by Rabbi Ezra Seligsohn
Posted on July 18, 2019

One of the wonderful perks of having an entire Parsha dedicated to Balak and Bilam’s plot, are the numerous parallels that one finds with the stories of our Avot. At first glance every story in Tanach has references and connections all over Tanach — and yet, upon review, the Bilam story is unique.…

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Growing Up is Hard to Do

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on July 11, 2019

Transitions are hard. As the period of wandering in the desert begins to draw to a close, Bnei Yisrael encounter many changes and they anticipate many more. Their leaders begin to die: Miriam and Aharon both die in this week’s parasha, and Moshe will pass away a few months hence.…

For the Entire Congregation is Holy

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on July 3, 2019

The Korach story, in which Aharon’s right to the priesthood was challenged, ends with the Torah enumerating the special priestly gifts that to which the Kohanim are entitled (Bamidbar 18:8-20).  On this special status of the priesthood, the Sifrei comments: “There are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of kingship, and the crown of the priesthood.…

The Importance of Nishma

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on June 5, 2019

At the opening of Bamidbar, the Israelites prepare to finally move out from the foot of Mt. Sinai and to venture into the larger world.  They must take the Torah and mitzvoth that they have received and bring it into their lives, so that every movement is guided and shaped by the Torah.…

Ashrei: How the Bible Becomes Prayer

by Dean Rachel Friedman
Posted on April 17, 2019

Fate and Freedom: Contrasting Perspectives on the Slavery in Egypt

by Rabbi Dr. David Shatz
Posted on April 17, 2019

The Opportunities and Threats of Communal Service

by Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz
Posted on April 17, 2019

Personal Suffering as a Catalyst for Spiritual Creativity: 3 Case Studies

by Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld
Posted on April 17, 2019

Angels and Demons: The Akedah, the Exodus, and a Pre-Rabbinic Midrash

by Rabbi Dr. Stuart Halpern
Posted on April 17, 2019