Monthly archives for June, 2014

Chukat – Torah In Haiku

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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 […]

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 […]

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 3:30). […]

Korach (Korah)

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

B’haalot’cha-Torah in Hai...

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​ Miriam, Aaron … Complain about their brother … The humble Moses —-   Displaying anger … G-d punishes Miriam … Turning her skin white —-   But Moses reacts … With compassion, not anger … Prays for her healing —— In the story that concludes this week’s portion, we find an example of how […]

B’haalot’cha(When you put...

(Art from Google Art Project)

Numbers 8:1 to 12:6 The Israelites leave Mt. Sinai and begin their journeys to the Promised Land. But they don’t proceed with a common voice. There are many complaints against Moses and God for which the people are severely punished.   “The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to Aaron and say to him, […]

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