15 Tammuz 5781

June 25, 2021 This week’s Torah portion, Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9), presents us with a fantastical story of the talking donkey. Our relationship with animals is strong, but for some, not so. We allow animals into our homes, our bedrooms, and our most intimate moments, lavishing affection on them during the quiet moments of our days.…

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8 Tammuz 5781

June 18, 2021 I officiated at a wedding about three and a half years ago. Okay, it was actually only about fifteen months ago; but with the Corona Virus, it seems like a lot longer. It was a beautiful wedding filled with love. There were lots of hugs, handshakes, and kisses of Mazel Tov. When the…

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1 Tammuz 5781

June 11, 2021 After weathering the challenge mounted by Korach in this week’s Torah named after him, Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32), the tribe of Levi assumes its proper status as the tribe in charge of taking care of the Tabernacle. The people of Israel are told: “They [the Levites] shall follow after you and guard the…

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24 Sivan 5781

June 4, 2021 The story of the spies in this week’s Torah portion, Shelach-L’cha (Numbers 13:1-15:41), ends in a 40-year march through the Wilderness so that the generation of the Exodus will have passed on, and a new generation would be the one that enters into the “Promised Land.”  When the People heard the discouraging…

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