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Balak 5770

by Batya Franklin In this week's parsha, Balak, the Moabite king named Balak sends Bil'am to curse B'nei Yisrael because Moav was afraid of the Israelites' strength. Before Bil'am can leave for his mission, Hashem speaks to him telling him not to go to curse B'nei...

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Chukat/Balak 5762

by David Farber This week's Torah portion is a combination of two parshiot, Chukat and Balak, so I decided to write a little about both. Chukat The obvious choice for discussion in the Parasha Chukat is about the Parah Adumah, or Red Heifer. The Red Heifer was used...

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Chukat 5769

by Ariana Berlin July 4, 2009/12 Tammuz 5769 This week we read the double parasha Chukat-Balak. Parashat Chukat includes the story of Moshe hitting the rock: B’nai Yisrael complained to Moshe that there was no water, so G-d told Moshe to speak to the rock and...

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Chukat 5770

by Scott Greenberg The placebo effect is one of the enigmas of modern medicine. Medical studies in the 1950s showed that sometimes a pill made of sugar can be just as effective as one made of complicated chemicals in order to treat a...

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Korach 5762

by Josh Nason While recent portions in the Torah have told of rebellions against God. Parshat Korach deals with a rebellion against Moses. Korach is determined that Moses no longer has the mandate from God to lead the people. He feels that everone should have...

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Korach 5769

by Cory Nagelberg June 27, 2009/5 Tammuz 5769 A few years ago, a great mystery was revealed to me while I was watching a basketball game. The Philadelphia 76ers were playing the New York Knicks, and one player stood out among all of them –...

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Korach 5770

by Alex Krule In this week's parasha, Korach, we read one of the most archetypal narratives in the torah. Korach, a Levite, gathers followers and stages a coup. Korach wants the authority and power of being a Cohen, a job reserved for only ...

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Shelach Lecha 5762

by Dov Friedman One of the most interesting stories in Parashat Shelach Lecha is the story of the 12 spies Moses sent to the land of Israel to survey the land. By the second verse there are already problems with sending the spies. Rashi,...

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Shelach Lecha 5769

by Yedidya Ben-Avie June 20, 2009/28 Sivan 5769 This week we read Parsha Shelach Lecha. It is one of the most important parshiot because it explains why the Israelites spent so many years in the wilderness before entering the land of Israel. Also in this parsha, is...

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Shelach Lecha 5770

by Emily Mostow This week, we read parshat Shlach. This is the famous parsha of the spies. Ten out of 12 of the spies come back with bad reports of the Promised Land, and God is angry. B’nai Yisrael has already committed many other sins, from...

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