August 30, 2019

 "That which I have commanded you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.” What can be clearer than this? Things are said and we are expected to obey without adding or subtracting. There are commandments and they have to be fulfilled to...

August 23, 2019

Two statements lead the portion of the Torah we read this week. The first statement is: “Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore t...

August 16, 2019

No matter when it happens a leader retiring from a leadership position will have that urge to find a way to continue to lead. Moses is no different and admits it, “I also pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying, ‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your...

“These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan” are the opening words of Deuteronomy, the last of the five books of the bible and from which we will read from now and until Simchat Torah. The name of the book suggests that it is somewhat of a re...

One of the topics that this week’s portion of the Torah deals with is that of the cities of refuge. When the Israelites enter the land, so it is called for, “you shall select for yourselves cities to be your cities of refuge, that the manslayer who has killed any perso...

We are now in the period known as The Three Weeks, that occur between the 17th day of Tamuz and the 9th of Av. A mourning period of an era seemingly bygone. When the question is asked why Jerusalem was destroyed the answer is “Jerusalem was destroyed on account of Ka,s...

Judaism is quite content with the challenging of known laws and when necessary these laws can be changed. Five women, “Mahlah, Noah and Hoglah and Milcah and Tirzah” stood before Moses and do exactly that. Their father, “Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead...

I am confident that in our crowd everyone knows the story of Balaam who is summoned to Balak the son of Zippor, the king of Moab. Balak was very concerned from what has already happened to his neighbors and had to find a solution to this problem. So, what is better tha...

Miriam dies, is buried and the water expires. “The people thus contended with Moses and spoke, saying, ‘If only we had perished when our brothers perished before the Lord! Why then have you brought the Lord’s assembly into this wilderness, for us and our beasts to die...

We all remember well the tale of Korah’s rebellion. He and his followers rise against the leadership of Moses and Aaron and die because of their false accusations. However the lesson has not been learned. “ But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel...

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