Posts tagged Aaron


  Moses gets God’s help … The people suffer God’s wrath … The difference? One word. —  This week’s portion is full of complaints. The people complain, “If only we had meat to eat!” (Numbers 11:4). Moses complains, “I cannot carry all this people by myself … If You would deal thus with me, kill […]

B’haalot’cha (When you put up)


Numbers 8:1 to 12:16 The Israelites are full of complaints. We learn about the people’s desire for a greater variety of food and Miriam’s complaints against Moses. Additional complaints will follow in future text. This week’s text can be divided into three differing sections: First, a continuation of laws for the community… The second section, […]

Sh’mini (Eighth)


Leviticus 9:1 to 11:47 One of Torah’s most shocking events, the deaths of Aaron’s sons for presenting “alien fire” during the dedication of the Tabernacle, demonstrates the importance of obeying the commandments and laws of God. Back in Exodus the Eternal spoke to Moses about the rituals for the Tabernacle: “You shall make an altar […]

Bo (Go)

Four Questions

Exodus 10:1 to 13:16 The power of the Eternal is demonstrated through the Ten Plagues and the exodus from Egypt which we read this week. This bit of Jewish history is an important lesson for every generation. The text also tells us how to insure this message is carried forward through the ages.  Last week […]

Sh’mini – Torah In Haiku


Aaron and his sons … Eleazar and Ithamar …  Forbidden to mourn — Leviticus 10:6-7 [After the deaths of Nadav and Abihu] Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not bare your heads and do not rend your clothes, lest you die and anger strike the whole community. But your […]

Sh’mini (Eighth)


Leviticus 9:1 to 11:47 Two major events occur during this portion – The deaths of Aaron’s sons during the consecration of the Tabernacle… and the presentation of the Dietary Laws. Both are presented without explanation. Like other portions of Torah, this week’s title comes from one of the first words of the text… “On the […]

Tzav – Torah in Haiku

Sacrificial blood … Placed on ears, thumbs and big toes … Of Aaron and sons — Leviticus 8:22-24 He brought forward the … ram of ordination … and it was slaughtered. Moses took some of its blood and put it on the ridge of Aaron’s right ear, and on the thumb of his right hand, and […]

T’tzaveh – Torah In Haiku

​ The priestly vestments … Like our Shabbat observance … Honor and glory — T’tzaveh in almost entirely concerned with the ritual clothing and ordination of the priests. God says the priests’ vestments are “for honor and glory” (לכבוד ולתפארת – l’chavod ul’tifaret). The same words are in the blessing that follows the Haftarah reading. […]

T’tzaveh (Instruct or Command)


Exodus 27:20 to 30:10 The text commands the Israelites to mount a lamp in front of the Ark of the Pact … then describes the vestments of the priest. Even thought the text seems remote, both have an impact on our sanctuaries today. This week we read the only parsha from the start of Exodus […]

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 […]

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). […]

B’haalot’cha-Torah in Hai...

​ 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 […]

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