Balaam

Balak

An angel of God Seen by the talking donkey But not by Balaam Torah stories don’t get much stranger than this week’s tale of...
Water Rock

Chukat

The humble Moses Suddenly is arrogant God is not happy Numbers 20:10-12 Moses and Aaron assembled the congregation in front of the rock; and...
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Korach

Datham, Abriam Recall Egypt as the place Milk and honey flow Numbers 16:12 Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab; but they...
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Sh’lach L’cha

God says to Moses: Sh’lach l’cha anashim Send – But “For Yourself” The opening words of this week’s portion are commonly translated as, “God...
inverted-nun

B’haalot’cha

Two inverted nuns Something unique in Torah What is the meaning? B’haalot’cha contains one of those intriguing scribal oddities that appear occasionally in Torah. Sometimes it’s...
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Naso

Always remember Wrongs against other people Are wrongs against God Numbers 5:6-7 – When a man or woman commits any wrong toward a fellow...

B’midbar

First day, second month Year two since leaving Egypt Intermission’s done This week we begin the fourth of Moses’s five books. But it’s been...
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Behar / Bechukotai

The faithful are blessed The faithless suffer curses But still, forgiveness   Bechukotai begins with blessings (Leviticus 26:3-9) “If you follow My laws and...
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Emor

  Contact with the dead Forbidden for Kohanim Except for close kin Leviticus 21:1-2 “God said to Moses: Speak to the priests, the sons...
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Acharei Mot / Kedoshim

  Seeking holiness In how we behave each day The “code” is found here The chapters of Torah often called “The Holiness Code” begin...

Naso

Always remember Wrongs against other people Are wrongs against God Numbers...
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