How fair are you tents, O Jacob, Your dwellings, O Israel. מַה-טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב; מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל. This ancient reading from this week’s portion of the Torah is found in some of the earliest known prayer books, as early as the ninth century Seder Ra...

When wondering in the desert it is no wonder that when one reaches a well it is a reason to rejoice. This is certainly the case in this week’s portion of the Torah where the Israelites arrive at “Beer, that is the well where the Lord said to Moses, ‘Assemble the people...

Complaints, complaints and even more complaints.  Moses and Aaron must contend with all of these and still continue to lead the People towards the Promised Land. It begins with a statement by Korah and his people who proclaim, “You have gone far enough, for all the con...

They Toured the Land

The tale about the men who were sent by Moses with an instruction to “Go up there into the Negev; then go up into the hill country. See what the land is like, and whether the people who live in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many. Ho...

Dear members of the IMPJ and its congregations, guests and dignitaries,

In this week’s portion of the Torah we read, “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you mount the lamps, the seven lamps will give light in the front of the lam...

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