December 8, 2023 |


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

Having recently read Torah for the first time I've come to appreciate the importance of becoming familiar with the text as it appears on the scroll. There are sometimes variations from standard Hebrew printing. In this week's Parshah Pinchas, for example, we see the ambivalence towards Aaron's...

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Pinchas 5768: "The Blessings of Brokenness"

Rabbi Menachem Creditor The great Israeli poet Chaim Nachman Bialik once said that reading a translation is like kissing through a veil. The beginning of Parashat Pinchas illustrates this quite clearly. And not only does the biblical Hebrew lose its power refracted into the vernacular, but even...

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

In Parshah Pinchas we find that doing things on time is important. “Command the Israelite people and say to them: Be punctilious in presenting to Me at stated times the offerings of food due Me, as gifts of pleasing odor to Me.” (Num. 28:2) Of course after the destruction of the Temples such...

The sun, the moon and Zelophahad's daughters or God intended the world to be egalitarian

A large part of this week's Torah reading is devoted to a description of the sacrifices. Each holiday has its special sacrifice and an additional sin offering. Sometimes this sin offering is referred to simply as a sin offering and sometimes it is referred to as a sin offering to atone for...


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