June 29, 2017

Parashat Hukat opens with the ritual of the Red Heifer, a complicated purification process to purify a person who has come into contact with the dead. But, does death defile? Does death generate some impure spirit? Why do we need purification after we have touched the...

June 22, 2017

we are influenced by our social environment. This is a blessing and a curse! When we live with good people, we are raised by our community, but when negative currents are prevalent in a society, we can be affected in a problematic way.

June 15, 2017

This week we read of the Spies who come back with a negative report from their forty-day tour of the land of Canaan. They frighten the nation with reports of the formidable strength of the Canaanites, and suggest that the nation return en-masse to Egypt. This results i...

June 8, 2017

As the people of Israel make their way from Sinai to Canaan they unexpectedly begin to complain and cry about the food:

“If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish that we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic....

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