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There is no doubt that people are hard to figure out. This is not only true of us 21st century ordinary mortals, but also of biblical characters, be they heroes or villains. Let us reflect … more
One of the most difficult things for people to say is “I was wrong.” It is even harder to really mean, “I have sinned.” Generally, our confessions are to G-d, though there … more
Balak, king of Moab, is the namesake of our parasha. He believed that his country was existentially threatened by the fledgling Jewish nation and consequently sought to annihilate us before we … more
How important is it for us to comprehend all that we do? Where lies the balance between pure faith and our need to understand? This week’s parsha, Chukat, provides the ultimate example of … more
Everyone has his or her own voice. Some express it loudly and clearly, some mumble or whisper. Our voices can be expressed through speech, through the written word, and even by means of our … more
One of the many topics in our parasha, Chukat, is the passing of Miriam: “The entire congregation of the children of Israel arrived at the desert of Zin in the first month, and the people … more
It is one of the great mysteries of the Torah. Arriving at Kadesh the people find themselves without water. They complain to Moses and Aaron. The two leaders go to the Tent of Meeting and there … more
The namesake of our parasha is Korach. It is not surprising, therefore, that most meforshim focus the majority of their exegetical efforts on this rabble rouser and his sycophants, Datan, Aviram … more
What exactly was wrong in the message of Korach and his fellow agitators — “You have gone too far! The whole community are holy, every one of them, and the L-rd is with them. Why … more
Very often, we think that if a person is especially spiritual, he cannot possibly be very practical. It is as if religious devotion and good common sense just don’t go together. My own … more
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