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Bamidbar

Parshas Chukas – Cast Your Bread Upon the Water

“Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it” (Koheles 11:1). In this week’s Torah portion, we find the Jewish people, in their fortieth year of wandering through the desert, arriving at an area called Kadesh and realizing that there is no water to be found. They are (understandably) not …

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Parshas Nasso – Sensitivity for the Suffering Sinner

Lep’er n. One suffering from leprosy; outcast. (Webster’s Dictionary) Webster has it right. Indeed, as our Torah portion tells us (Numbers 4:2), a leper is both one who is suffering from leprosy and an outcast. Unique among other forms of impurity, leprosy causes a person to be sent completely outside the camp[i], all alone and seemingly deserted[ii]. But he is …

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Parshas Pinchas – Leadership and Legacies

The arduous journey was finally nearing its conclusion. The Jewish people had wandered through the desert for forty long years. Years filled with ups and downs, complaints and miracles, awesome accomplishments and tragic disappointments (much like life itself). Through all their tribulations the Jewish people were not alone; G-d provided them with the greatest leaders …

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Parshas Korach – A Kneydl and a Kvetch

Knaidel.  K-N-A-I-D-E-L.  Knaidel. By properly spelling this Jewish culinary delight, an intelligent Indian-American boy won the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, beating out hundreds of other contestants. Jewish bubbies worldwide were kvelling. Of course, knaidel and kvelling aren’t the only Yiddish/Hebrew words that have made it into our lexicon. Thanks to people like Jerry Seinfeld and Ed Koch, words like kosher, chutzpah, klutz, shmooze, and oy …

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