Monthly Archive: May 2014

Bamidbar – Promotion of Separatism

The Israelite nation, after being counted, was instructed to camp in a particular formation. The twelve tribes were divided into four groups of three, with a leading tribe to each group. Each group was...

Bamidbar – Heads or Tails?

The fourth book of the Torah, Bamidbar, is referred to in English as the Book of Numbers, presumably because the book begins with a census count of the Israelites. Counting each male, from the...

Pesach Sheni – Willpower

This past Wednesday the calendar marked a day which many of us overlooked; a day appearing to have no particular significance for us today. Pesach Sheni, the second Pesach, is on the 14th day...

Behar – The Sinai Equation

Hashem spoke to Moses on Mt. Sinai saying. Speak to the children of Israel… the land shall observe a Sabbath rest for Hashem. (Leviticus 25:1-2) The laws of Shemitta, the Sabbatical year, requiring that...

Reflections on the Israeli Holidays

Recently we marked several occasions close to the hearts of Jews around the world. Each of these events carries great significance in the Jewish psyche, although each is characterized by voices of varied attitudes...