Monthly archives for June, 2015

Chukat (Law)


Numbers 19:1 to 22:1 After Miriam’s death the people had no water. Upon examination of both Torah and Midrash we see why the reaction of Moses to this shortage of water explains why he couldn’t lead the people into the Promised land …. And why Miriam is more significant that the text indicates. And the […]

Korach – Torah In Haiku


Datham, Abriam … Recall Egypt as the place  … Milk and honey flow — Numbers 16:12 Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come! Is it not enough that you brought us from a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, […]



Numbers 16:1 to 18:32 Korach states that “all the community are holy” and that leadership and decisions should be open to all. As a result of Korach’s actions he was punished by God. However, today these statements may be the direction of Jewish thought. And the kvetching continues …  It almost seems as if the […]

Sh’lach L’cha – Tor...

Sh'lach L'cha

  God says to Moses: … Sh’lach l’cha anashim … Send – but “for yourself” — The opening words of this week’s portion are commonly translated as, “God spoke to Moses, saying, Send men to scout the land of Canaan … “. But the key words – sh’lach l’cha – literally mean “send for yourself.” […]

Sh’lach L’cha (Send)

Sh'lach L'cha

Numbers 13:1 to 15:41 The text focuses on two problems – Scouts are sent to the Promised Land and return with a report showing a lack of faith in God… Later, a man forgets the laws of Shabbat by collecting wood … working…. A solution is presented by God in the form of fringes on […]

B’haalot’cha – Tora...


​ Two inverted nuns … Something unique in Torah … What is the meaning? —   B’haalot’cha contains one of those intriguing scribal oddities that appear occasionally in Torah. Sometimes it’s a letter written larger or smaller (Shema being the best known example). Sometimes it’s special spacing of words such as we see with the […]

B’haalot’cha (When you mo...

Numbers 8:1 to 12:16 The Israelites begin their journeys from Mt. Sinai. Almost from the start the complaining begins and doesn’t stop. This angers God. With all of the material needs of the people met by God, why do the people complain? The title of this parsha refers to mounting of the lamps on the […]

Naso – Torah In Haiku


ALWAYS REMEMBER … WRONGS AGAINST OTHER PEOPLE … ARE WRONGS AGAINST GOD — Numbers 5:6-7 – When a man or woman commits any wrong toward a fellow man, thus breaking faith with God, and that person realizes his guilt, he shall confess the wrong that he has done. According to Torah, people were created b’tzelem […]

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

World Of Judaica
Learn Hebrew online with Israel's best teachers