December 8, 2023 |


Blessing the bride and groom

When I first looked at Parashat Naso, my first thought was, “Couldn't we have picked a better week?” Naso is not only the longest single Torah reading in the cycle but also one of the most detailed and repetitive. It also contains the only instance in which the written Torah devotes more than a...

Naso 5769/2009: “Personal Status and Jewish Leadership”

Dedicated to Jon Galinson ***************************** Given the enormous length of Parashat Naso, there are so many possible directions for exploration that it’s hard to choose just one! Naso is the longest Torah Portion, with 176 verses. (Interesting to note that the longest chapter in the...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Naso (2)

Judaism recognizes that even our greatest sages have their flaws. Perfection is reserved for God. Thus we have been given the means to atone for wrongdoing and to do "t'shuvah," literally "turning" onto the right path. In Parshah Naso Moses is told that part of the process when a person realizes...

My video divrei Torah on parasha Naso by Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Naso

One of the most beautiful and familiar Torah passages occurs in this week’s Parshah Naso, the priestly benediction (Num. 6:24-26). God is asked to bless Israel, to deal kindly with Israel, to bestow favor upon Israel and to grant Israel peace. This last, the desire for peace, permeates our texts...


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