Monthly Archives: June 2017

Thoughts on Chukat

This week’s Parashat, Chukat, Numbers 19:1 – 22:1,[i] begins with one of the most mysterious statutes (chukim) in the Torah, that being the preparation and cleansing action of the ashes of the red heifer. The sages are not in agreement … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Sh’lach

This week’s Parasha, Sh’lach, is found in Numbers 13:1 – 15:41 [i] and begins with the well-known account of Hashem, through Moshe, sending the twelve spies into the land of Canaan. Their responsibility was to “check it out” and see if … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Beha’alotecha

As usual, there are a number of aspects that we could look at in this week’s Parasha, Numbers 8:1 – 12:16,[i] Beha’alotecha (when you set up), beginning with the setup of the golden menorah. Continuing in the Parasha, we find … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Naso

This week’s Parasha, Naso, Numbers 4:21 – 7:89,[i] continues the census and the assignment of the Levites that began in Bamidbar. Instead of summarizing all that happens in this Parasha, I want to look specifically at two issues. First, Hashem said … Continue reading

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