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Numbers 1:1-4:20

God is a God of order. He does things decently and in order. We see His order and design throughout nature, in the elegant laws of nature, the beautiful and precise mathematics that permeates the created universe. We also see order and design in the way that God organized His Holy People. We are still B’Midbar - in the wilderness,

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Numbers 4:21-7:89

God is a God of order. He does things decently and in order. We see His order and design throughout nature, in the elegant laws of nature, the beautiful and precise mathematics that permeates the created universe. How fast does light travel? In a vacuum, light always travels at a speed of 299,792,458 meters per second - roughly 186,300 miles

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Numbers 8-12

Our Torah portion begins with a repetition of the instructions to set up the seven lamps on the Golden Menorah. The Golden Menorah brought light to the Holy Place. It burned oil, which is a symbol for the presence of God. In a dark world, full of confusion and headed toward eternal darkness, it is the presence of God that

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Numbers 16-18

Good leadership is important. A good leader can make a tremendous difference to a nation. During the last century, the question was raised, who is the greatest leader of the 20th Century? I considered it, and after reflection I thought that Winston Churchill was the greatest leader of the last century. What would have happened to Britain without the wisdom

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Numbers 19:1-25:9 Parasha Chukat-Balak

This is a long Sedra. It starts off with the chukah - the statute, the requirement for the sacrifice and usage of the Parah Adumah - the Red Heifer. A unblemished, red female cow, without any defect, which had never been used for work, on which a yoke had never been placed, was brought outside the camp. It was killed,

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Numbers 22:22-25:9 Parasha Balak

This week’s Torah portion is called “Balak”, after the king of Moab. Fearing that the God of Israel was empowering the Jewish people to defeat their enemies, the nations of Moab and Midian forged an anti-Israel alliance. Knowing that there were spiritual powers at work, Balak sent a delegation to Bilam, a non-Jewish prophet, to hire him to curse the

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Numbers 30:2-32:43 Parasha Matot (Tribes)

This Torah portions starts off as a message to the leaders of the tribes. God is truth. His Word is truth. He is utterly faithful, and cannot lie. God’s beloved sons and daughters must be like Him. We must speak the truth. We should carry though with our commitments, promises and contracts. Our yes should mean yes, and our no,

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Numbers 13-15

Things have been going relatively well for the Jewish people. God has saved us from a terrible situation in Egypt. Israel has been redeemed from decades of horrible slavery in Egypt with great power, signs and wonders, and by the deaths of the Passover Lambs. We are no longer slaves. We are a free people. We have crossed through the

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Numbers 25:10-30:1

This week’s Sedra begins in 25:10 with the commendation of Pinchas. Remember that before Bilam left, knowing that he couldn't curse Israel, and still wanting to get that money that was promised to him if he would curse the Jewish people, Bilam instructed Balak to set a trap for the children of Israel. If we could be corrupted by engaging

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