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Wrapped in Rainbows

I guess I am not a rainbows kind of person.  Maybe I am just missing something.  Maybe I just can’t stand symbolism over substance.


Two Hebrew proverbs and the story of Balaam the son of Beor

Even though our weekly Torah portion is named after Balak the son of Zippor the king of Moab, the main figure of this story is Balaam the son of Beor – who was requested by Balak to curse the Israelites but ended up blessing them instead (Numbers 22-23). 290 more words

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Taking Sides

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Korach’ (named after the biblical figure ‘Korah’). This is the fifth ‘Parashah’ in the Book of Numbers
and can be found in Numbers 16:1–18:32. 364 more words

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Spy Explorations

When the Bible tells us about the famous story of the spies, who went to explore the land of Canaan, it uses some Hebrew names which are not very clear to the English reader. 340 more words

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Why Did Aaron Feel Distressed?

Tomorrow’s ‘Parashah’ (weekly Torah portion) is ‘Beha’alotecha’ (‘when you step up’). This is the third ‘Parashah’ in the Book of Numbers and can be found in Numbers 8:1–12:16. 421 more words


The Great Name Debate

When Tova was born, Yitzchak and I debated how to spell her name in English.  Tova isn’t her real name, of course, and we wondered which vowels to use in which places, and in which name (she, unlike Shlomo, has a middle name).   398 more words

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The wonder of the Nazirite

Yesterday we mentioned the connection between the weekly Torah portion (‘Naso’) and the weekly Prophet’s portion which speaks about Samson. The connection between the two biblical parts is the focus on the ‘vow of Nazirite’ – a person’s decision to separate himself to God. 356 more words

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