38. MATOT MASSEY

MATOT MASSEY CARNAL For the past few weeks, billboards in NY and LA portray the disturbing image of a young woman’s face, fenced in; smeared mascara, a black tear running down her cheek. ‘CAPTIVITY’ is the only word on the poster, promoting some new movie. Whatever this motion picture is about, the picture alone is […]

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37. Pinchas

Pinchas     A Massacre Just when you thought things can’t get wilder in the Book of Wilderness, sex, politics, and fanatic violence tip the scales. What else is new?  Last week’s Torah episode ends with a cliffhanger – a bloody ‘coitus interruptus’   between a Hebrew leader and a princess of Midyan. It is likely […]

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36. Balak

Balak   Satan   It doesn’t get much wilder than this in the Book of Wilderness – a talking donkey, a prophetic drama, and the début appearance of one of Western Mythology’s favorites – Satan himself. But you wouldn’t know if from reading any of the English translations of the Bible, where the Lord of […]

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35. Chukat

Chukat   Bards of Battle War provides plenty of pain for many and plenty of profit for few. You wouldn’t think that poetry is one of those profitable by-products of war, but the Bible seems to think so, or at least so do some of the Biblical translators, who offer an odd spin on an […]

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34. Korach

Korach   Phenomenon   This week in the West Bank and Gaza a bloody war is waged – Hamas Vs. Fatah, and it is not clear who are the rebels and who is in charge. Somewhere between mythology and politics, this week’s Torah Episode ‘Korach’ is a sad nod to the blood history of political […]

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