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Parshat Bamidbar: Body Divided; Soul United

Rabbi Aviad Sanders

Parshat Bamidbar: Body Divided; Soul United Rabbi Aviad Sanders is the Director of Career Development and Placement at the Susi Bradfield Institute for Halakhic Leadership and a ra’m at Midreshet Lindenbaum The fourth of the Five Books of Moses begins with a new census of the Jewish people and a description of the Jewish people’s encampments during …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Bamidbar 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel-  “…by their families, by their parents’ houses.”  (Numbers 1:2 ) Early in the book of Numbers the Torah records the first census in the history of the Jewish people: “Count the heads of the entire witness community of the children of Israel, by their …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Matot-Masei 5778

Parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36:13) Rabbi David Stav As we conclude the Book of Numbers, we read for the first time of any part of our people expressing a desire to take leave of the other tribes. We have already read about how the nation sinned, complained, and disagreed with each other – but this is a …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Matot-Masei 5778

Parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2–36:13) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – This week’s double portion records how the Jews finally cross the Jordan River on their way to conquer the Promised Land. The tribes of Gad, Reuven and half the tribe of Menashe possess a great multitude of cattle, and “paradise” for cattle is good grazing …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Pinchas 5778

Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) Rabbi David Stav The division of the Torah into weekly portions was not determined on Mount Sinai, and, in fact, is not an ancient practice (relatively speaking). There were times in our history when the Torah reading cycle took three years to complete, and the division into weekly portions was adjusted accordingly. …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Pinchas 5778

Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – Fanaticism, particularly when garbed in the clothing of myopic fundamentalism, rarely evokes in us a sympathetic bent.  How could it, given its association with an uncontrollable zeal and violence for the sake of heaven? But when we turn to the opening of this week’s …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Balak 5778

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) Rabbi David Stav Fearing an Israelite takeover of Moabite territory should the People of Israel pass through his realm, King Balak of Moab summons the prophet (and idolatrous wizard) Balaam and asks him to curse the Jewish people. Try as he might, Balaam proves unable to do the king’s bidding, and the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Balak 5778

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “I see it but not now; I look at it, but it is not near. A star has stepped forth from Jacob and a scepter-bearer has risen from Israel; will pierce and vanquish the nobles of Moab….” (Num. 24:17). The interaction of Jew and …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Chukat 5778

Parshat Chukat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “This is the statute of the law which God commanded, saying, ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer’” (Num. 19:1–2). One of the most profound mysteries of the Bible is the rite of the red heifer, called a chok …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Chukat 5778

Parshat Chukat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1) Rabbi David Stav “The entire congregation of the children of Israel arrived at the desert of Zin in the first month, and the people settled in Kadesh”. The Torah never specifies when the main events of this incident transpire. Indeed, there is no mention of which year of their desert …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Korach 5778

Parshat Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32) Rabbi David Stav This Shabbat, we will have a dispute in the synagogue. Korach and his followers rebel against Moses, and the story of the most infamous dispute in the history of the Jewish People plays itself out. Never before have we experienced such a terrible dispute with such dire …

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