5 Tammuz 5780

June 26, 2020 The rebellion of Korach and his allies is recounted in this week’s Torah reading (Numbers 16:1-18:32). The story is fantastical in its depiction of the miraculous way that the rebels meet their end. The earth swallows them all up! Another miracle, just as wondrous, is the miracle of the flowering of Aaron’s staff. It…

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21 Sivan 5780

June 12, 2020 This week’s Shabbat greetings is a combined influence of the words of Rabbi Bonnie of Temple Chai of Phoenix, AZ and the Rev. John Armstrong of New Light Baptist Community Church of Cliffwood, NJ. As Rabbi Koppel suggests, “I want to invite you to take a breath.  A deep breath.  Let it…

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14 Sivan 5780

June 5, 2020 Last week, I explained why we have split up the Torah portion, Naso (Numbers 6:1-7:89) into two parts.  This week’s second part includes the famous Birkat HaKohanim – the Priestly Blessing – which is needed in today’s troubled times. It reads: May God bless you and keep you.    May God shine God’s light on you…

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7 Sivan 5780

May 29, 2020 The first part of the portion of Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21-5:31) (divided into two weeks when Shavuot occurs on Shabbat so that we can stay in sync with Diaspora Jewry) – describe the setting up of the structure and rules for maintenance of the Israelite camp as it was to travel through the wilderness,…

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