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Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

The names of this week’s double parasha are Matot and Masei, meaning “tribes” and “journeys” and cover Numbers 30:2-36:13. Moses gave Israel Adonai’s commands regarding vows in chapter 30. If a woman made an impulsive vow, it could be revoked by her husband or father. However, widows and divorced women didn’t have this option and would have to fulfill their

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Pinchas

In last week’s Parasha, Rabbi Glenn instructed us on the prophet Balaam and his suggestion on how King Balak could harm the Jewish nation. Balaam’s idea was for the Midianite women to have relations with the Israeli men and introduce them to Baal worship. This would prove successful in that many men of the different tribes of Israel took Midianite

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Balak

This week’s parasha is entitled Balak, the name of the king of Moab, and spans Numbers 22:2 – 25:9. Most of us know the story of Balaam, and just about every kid who’s ever sat in a Sunday School class remembers about Balaam’s donkey talking to him. But I submit to you that Balak and Balaam are archetypes – symbols

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Chukat – “Decree Of”

This week's parasha is entitled, Chukat, which means "decree of" and covers Numbers 19:1 - 22:1.  I think that chapter 19 of this portion, concerning the sacrifice of the red heifer, contains one of the most intriguing and prophetic passages in the Torah. Today, I would like to focus on that chapter. The red heifer was designated as a type of

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Korach

This week our parasha is Korach, named after the man who started a rebellion against Moses. Parasha Korach covers Numbers 16:1-18:32.  In this parasha we see what happens when we attempt to force God to obey our desires and thinking and the devastation that it brings. We begin in chapter 16 with Korach or Korah, a Levite, leading 250 men

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Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

This week’s parasha is entitled Shelach Lecha, meaning “send for yourself”, and covers Numbers 13:1 – 15:41. As our passage opens, the Lord instructs Moses to send men ahead to spy out the Promised Land.  As the title of our parasha indicates, these were not men that the Lord chose, but were selected by the people themselves.  Each tribe sends forth one of

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Nasso – “Lift Up”

This week’s parasha is entitled Nasso, meaning “lift up” and it covers Numbers, chapter 4:23 through 7:89. This parasha gives us several subjects to look at, however, we will only be focusing on the priest and the transportation of the Tabernacle and its contents. Only males from the tribe of Levi were permitted to hold priestly office. The Israeli priesthood

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Bamidbar – “In The Wilderness”

This week we begin the book of Numbers with Parashat Bamidbar which translates to “In The Wilderness”.  This parasha covers Chapter 1 through Chapter 4:20. These chapters contain censuses, encampment instructions, and duties for the special tribe, the Levites. Numbers begins with the Lord commanding Moses to take a census of the tribes of Israel.  Moses, with help from the

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Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

This week we have a double parasha with Matot and Masei which translates to “Tribes” and “Journeys” Respectively. Parasha Matot covers Numbers 30:2–32:42 and Masei covers Numbers 33:1-36:13, this is also the final parasha for the book of Numbers.  These parashas speak on the importance of vows and promises and teach us the importance of having our actions match our

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Pinchas

This week’s Torah portion, which covers Numbers 25:10 up to chapter 30, is entitled Pinchas, who was the son of Eleazar and the grandson of Aaron.  In last week’s Parasha, after being enticed by Moabite women, many men of Israel succumbed to the worship of Ba’al.  Because of this, God brought down a plague that killed 24,000 men of Israel. 

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Balak

This week’s Parasha is called Balak, which means devastator, and covers Numbers 22:2 – 25:9.  In last week’s Parasha, the Israelis decisively defeat the Amorites because the Amorites did not want them passing through their land. This week we find the Israelis camped near the border of Moab. King Balak saw how the Israeli army defeated the Amorites.  Being afraid,

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Chukat – “Statute”

This week’s parashah is entitled Chukat meaning ‘statute’ or ‘regulation’. It covers Numbers 19:1 -22:1. It teaches us about the ordinance of the red Heifer, the water of purification, Israel’s wandering in the wilderness, the deaths of Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ sin, the bronze serpent and tells of Moses’ approaching death. Today I would like to focus on the red heifer

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Sh’lach L’cha – “Send Out For Yourself”

The parasha this Shabbat is called Sh’lach L’cha, meaning “send out for yourself” and spans Numbers: 13-15. God said to Moses, “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel.” Moses chose one leader from each of the tribes, and sent them on a fact-finding

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Behaalotecha – “When You Set Up”

This week’s parasha is titled, Behaalotecha, meaning “when you set up,” and covers Numbers 8:1 – 12:16.  “When you set up” refers to setting up and directing the light of the golden lampstand of the tabernacle, the construction of which was described in Exodus 25:31 – 40. Chapter 8 describes the cleansing of the Levites.  This included a total washing

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Naso – “Lift Up”

Our parasha for this week is Naso which means “lift up”.  Parasha Naso covers Numbers 4:21–7:89 and concerns priestly duties, laws for dealing with an unfaithful wife, the Nazirite vow, the Aaronic blessing, and the consecration of the Tabernacle.  This morning I plan to focus on the Nazirite Vow. We find in chapter 6 the requirements to enter a Nazirite

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Bamidbar – “In the Wilderness”

Today’s parasha is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness” and begins the book of Numbers covering Numbers 1:1-4:20. A little over a year has passed since Israel had left Egypt.  They had been encamped at Mt. Sinai while God has been preparing them to march into the Promised Land.  When they first left Egypt, they were a disorganized mass of former

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Mattot-Masei – Tribes-Journeys

The names of this week’s parashas are Mattot and Masei: Matot means “tribes” and Masei means “journeys”. They cover Numbers 30:2-36:13. Moses gave Israel Adonai’s commands regarding vows in chapter 30.  If a woman made a vow, it could be revoked by her husband or father.  However, widows and divorced women didn’t have this option and would have to fulfill

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Pinchas

This week our parasha is Pinchas, which covers Numbers 25:10-30:1.  Parasha Pinchas teaches us that we should have great boldness in standing up for what is right, seeking the promises of Adonai, and accepting the responsibilities we are given. We begin with the Lord commending Pinchas, the grandson of Aaron, for his actions during the sins of Peor, when many

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Balak

This week our parasha is “Balak,” named after the wicked King of Moab and covers Numbers 22:2 – 25:9.  In this parasha we learn that no one can stop the will of God and that the Lord can sometimes use the most unlikely and unwilling of people to accomplish His will. Numbers 22 begins with Balak, King of Moab, afraid

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Chukat – “Decrees or Ordinances”

Today’s Parasha is called Chukat (translated: Decrees or Ordinances) and covers Numbers 19:1-22:1. This morning we will concentrate on Chapter 20 and 21 In chapter 20, the death of Miriam takes place. After 37 years of wandering, the Jewish people are camped at Kadesh. Miriam’s burial is performed quickly, without much said about it. And now, once again, water has

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Korach

This week’s parasha is called Korach, named for the leader of one of the largest and most severe revolts against the leadership of Moses and Aaron during the wilderness journey.  Our passage for this week covers Numbers 16:1 – 18:32. While all those who served at the Tabernacle and later at the Temple are descendants of Levi, only the priests

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Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

The name of this week’s parasha is Sh’lach L'cha, which means “Send For Yourself” and covers Numbers 13:1-15:41.  Adonai told Moses in chapter 13 to send leaders from each of Israel’s tribes to explore Canaan.  Included in this list are Caleb, representing Judah, and Hoshea (whom Moses re-named Joshua), representing Ephraim. Moses told these men to gather information about the

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Behaalotecha – “When You Raise Up”

The parasha for this week is entitled B’ha-alotecha, meaning “when you raise up”, and covers Numbers chapters 8 through 12. It begins with God’s command to consecrate B’nai Levi, the Levites, for the service of the Tabernacle. God chose the entire tribe of Levi to belong to Him in place of all the firstborn sons of Israel. This unique honor

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Nasso – “Lift Up”

Today’s Parasha is entitled Nasso, meaning “Lift Up,” and covers Numbers 4:1-7:89.  It begins with a God-ordained census of the three Levitical family lines following the census of the people. The parasha continues with instructions on how to deal with skin diseases and burying the dead, how to deal with wrongs against another person, suspected infidelity, the Nazirite vow, the

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Bamidbar – “In The Wilderness”

This week we begin the book of Numbers with Parashat Bamidbar which translates to “In The Wilderness” and covers Chapter 1 through Chapter 4:20. These chapters contain censuses, encampment instructions, and duties for the special tribe, the Levites.  In this parasha we see the Lord’s involvement in every aspect of our lives and our need for a mediator between God

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