Chukat - weekly Torah portion

This is not a week of which the government of the State of Israel can be proud of, in fact its deeds have raised anger across the Jewish world. Emissaries from abroad are coming here to talk with premier Netanyahu and explain to him the gravity of the decisions to freeze the compromise reached regarding the Wailing Wall and the dire consequences of the proposed conversion law. All of this happened in the same week where the board of governors of the Jewish Agency were convening in Jerusalem – what a slap in the face. All understood what that means. It should be understood that even those who rejoiced with these decisions will have to comprehend that we are speaking of a government that canno

Korach - weekly Torah portion

Many times a leader will find herself or himself in a position where those who are led by them are full of complaints. Moses, who has already had a fair share of complaints, faces these once again. Korah together with a group of people complain, “You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?” While it may seem as a timid question simply seeking an answer it is in fact a complaint against the leadership of Moses. Moses tries to appease them saying, “is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel, to brin

Shlach Lecha- weekly Torah portion

A true drama unfolds before us when reading the portion of the Torah of this week. A story about spies that are sent to check the Promised Land and “See what the land is like, and whether the people who live in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many. How is the land in which they live, is it good or bad? And how are the cities in which they live, are they like open camps or with fortifications? How is the land, is it fat or lean? Are there trees in it or not?” A formidable spying task for sure – they leave disguised as tourists but their aim is to understand what is going on there. No less than twelve people take the tour; maybe an excellent way to disguise their real intentions

Behaalotcha- weekly Torah portion

The portion of the Torah of this week begins with an instruction, “When you mount the lamps, the seven lamps will give light in the front of the lampstand.” Thereafter it is emphasizes that “Aaron therefore did so; he mounted its lamps at the front of the lampstand, just as the Lord had commanded Moses” The reading of the portion of the Torah finishes with a totally different event. “Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); and they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the Lord heard it… So the anger of the Lord burned against them and He departe

Neso- weekly Torah portion

"Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them: The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.”” We are very familiar with the three sentences of the priests blessing to the Israelites, recited meticulously even in our days. The blessing speaks of protection, of illumination and of peace. Nechama Leibowitz, a noted Israeli bible scholar and commentator, says that this blessing of the priests are so well known

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