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Mas’ei (Travels)

Mas'ei - Travels
Numbers 33:1 to 36:17 The travels of the Israelites are about to end. They are camped just outside of Canaan. At this point, God tells Moses what the people must do to have a successful life in the Promised Land. “These were the marches of the Israelites who started out from the land of Egypt, troop by troop, in the charge of Moses and Aaron [...]

Matot (Tribes)

Wedding in Israel
Numbers 30:2 to 32:42 Torah tells us that a father or husband has control of his daughter or wife and can annul any vows she makes. But with a closer examination we can see how and why this law no longer applies in today’s world.   “Moses spoke to the heads of the Israelite tribes, saying; ‘This is what the Eternal has commanded:’ [...]

Pinchas – Torah In Haiku

Passing the baton
  ​G-d speaks to Moses … You disobeyed at Kadesh … Your days are numbered —- Moses speaks to G-d … I’ve got to pass the baton … Name a new leader —- G-d speaks to Moses … I have just the man for you … Joshua’s the one —- In Numbers 27:12-18, G-d reminds Moses that he will not [...]

Pinchas (Grandson of Aaron)

Numbers 25:19 to 30:1 This portion discusses two different issues that faced Moses … and are still major issues in our day. First, zealotry… Pinchas is rewarded for killing two people engaged in an act against God…. Second, five women speak up for women’s rights as they challenge the laws of inheritance before God and Moses.   Pinchas, t [...]

Balak – Torah In Haiku

Tents of Israelites
Some familiar words … The start of a morning prayer … Spoken by Balaam —- The opening verse of Mah Tovu, part of the morning worship service, can be found in this week’s portion. Balaam is hired to curse Israel, but can only speak words of praise – “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, and your tabernacles, [...]

Balak (King of Moab)

Balaam's view of Israel
Numbers 22:2 to 25:9 The time – 40 years after the Exodus from Egypt….. The location – Outside of the Israelite camp…. For the first time we view the Israelite people as others see them…. A powerful people to be feared. “Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.” Moab was alarmed because that people was so [...]

Chukat – Torah In Haiku

When Miriam dies … The people start complaining … It’s not the first time —- After Aaron dies … The people start complaining … It’s not the last time —- We’ve read many times – and will read in the coming weeks – about the people complaining against Moses, Aaron and G-d. Moses has had to inter [...]

Chukat – (Law)

Miriam coin
Numbers 19:1 to 22:1 Torah narration advances thirty eight years, the Israelites who fled Egypt as slaves are dying. A new leadership is created along with an upbeat spirit and military victories. Miriam, sister of Moses, also dies. With only five brief passages referring to her, what makes her so influential? The “Law” referred to in the tit [...]

Korach – Torah in Haiku

Korach - Drash Design Project
  ​ Moses is challenged … Was it a family feud? … Korach felt slighted —- Many commentators suggest Korach’s motivation for challenging Moses was familial jealousy. Not just of his cousins Moses and Aaron, but also of his younger cousin Elzaphan, who had been chosen for leadership of the Kohathite clan (see Numbers 3: [...]

Korach (Korah)

Korath Dathan Abiram r3
Numbers 16:1 to 18:32 Korah and others challenge Moses and Aaron’s position (in effect God’s position) in the community. As a result God causes the earth to open and swallow them. Did “miracles” like this actually happen and how should they be understood? “Now Korah, son of Ihar, son of Kobath son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan an [...]

Sh’lach L’cha- Torah in H...

god is angry
​ G-d’s angry again … Moses has to “talk Him down” … It sounds familiar —- After the people made the golden calf, G-d told Moses, “Let Me be that My anger may blaze forth against them and that I may destroy them and make of you a great nation.” (Exodus 32:10). This week we read about G-d’s reaction to the people’s lack o [...]

Sh’lach L’cha(Send to you...

Biblical Scouts
Numbers 13:1 to 15:41 After God asks Moses to send scouts to explore the Promised Land, the scouts return with an unfavorable report. One wonders why God punishes the people for their response of wanting to return to Egypt. “The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying, “Send notables to scout the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelite [...]

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