33. Shlach Lecha

Shlach Lecha   FALLEN     About a month ago, three of the Ten Republican candidates for presidency raised their hand in reply to the oddly phrased question – Is there anyone on the stage who does not believe in evolution?”  And while the Democratic candidates, in the recent debate, focused more on Iraq and […]

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32. B’halotcha

B’halotcha     BIG MOUTH One of the appealing built-in features of Judaic thought is that the Divine, known colloquially as God, has no corporal form: God is an idea:  abstract, meta-physical, impossible for accurate depiction. Funny thing is, if you read the Torah in its original Hebrew, God is very physical:  has a hand, […]

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31. Naso

Naso       EXTRA Zeal   Onwards thru Sinai march the twelve tribes of Israel, to each a flag, an emblem, an appointed leader. This sacred geometry, a conquering army on its way to a promised land, is described in the opening chapters of the fourth book of Torah, made complete by the presence […]

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30. Bamidbar

THE BOOK OF NUMBERS   Bamidbar   THE WILD SIDE This week we are crossing over into the fourth book of Moses, leaving Leviticus behind and venturing upon the Wilderness which is Sinai. The fourth book is known in English as ‘Numbers’ – due to the population census that happens in the first few chapters, […]

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29. B’Har Bechoktai

B’Har Bechoktai   Have a Blast! This coming Sabbath will bid Leviticus farewell, until next year, as smoke trails off the altar into the vast wilderness that is Sinai.  The combined Torah portions of ‘B’har-Bechuokotai’ conclude this perplexing book, complete with rules and regulations that defy our modern sensibilities; divine demands that have challenged countless […]

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