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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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Where did the phrase "the writing is on the wall" originate?

This phrase originated in the Bible, in one of the most fascinating Bible stories: the story of Belshazzar’s feast, found in the Book of Daniel: 290 more words

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What were the demands of Korah and his company?

Yesterday we explained the background of Korah’s rebellion. The main trigger of the rebellion was the appointment of Elizaphan, the son of Uzziel, to be the chief of the Koathites instead of Korah himself. 323 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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What is the connection between spying and feet?

Yesterday we mentioned that there are two different words for ‘spying’ in Biblical Hebrew. The first word ‘La-Tur’ which means ‘to search out’ or ‘to seek’ in Biblical Hebrew (and ‘to tour’ in Modern Hebrew) is the one we can find many times in our weekly Torah portion (‘Shlach Lecah’). 218 more words

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On the Day : A Lesson in Understanding Hebrew Phrases

The last topic in our weekly Torah portion (Naso) is the offerings at the Tabernacle’s consecration:

“On the day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and had anointed and consecrated it with all its furnishings and had anointed and consecrated the altar with all its utensils, the chiefs of Israel, heads of their fathers houses, who were the chiefs of the tribes, who were over those who were listed, approached and brought their offerings before the LORD… Then the LORD said to Moses, “Accept these from them, that they may be used in the service of the tent of meeting, and give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service.” 496 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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