Bamidbar

Parashat Mattot & Ma’sey 5780

July 17, 2020 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

  A D’var Torah for Parashat Mattot By Rabbi Matthew Goldstone Our Torah portion this week teaches us not to promise what we cannot deliver: “If a person makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath imposing an … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Pinhas 5780

July 10, 2020 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Pinhas By Rabbi Jill Hammer In Parashat Pinhas, five daughters, the daughters of one man, Tzelofhad, appear before Moshe, bringing a case. Their father has died. Each Israelite family is to be allotted land in Canaan … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Hukkat – Balak 5780

July 2, 2020 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Hukkat – Balak By Rabbi Len Levin We are reading two parshiyot this week, each rich in lessons. We can only present a few hors d’oeuvres here; enjoy the rest at your leisure! * * … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Korah 5780

June 26, 2020 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Korah By Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11) “The Torah of Adonai is perfect, reviving the soul,” reads the psalm (19:8). The word used here for perfection, temimah, implies completeness, but also simplicity, like a platonic ideal – … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Shelah 5780

June 19, 2020 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Shelah By Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) Leaders tend to behave in one of two ways. Some promote fear, often spreading lies which may be based on fears of their own; other leaders promote trust, offering … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Beha’alotekha

June 12, 2020 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

God Expands the Torah A D’var Torah for Rarashat Beha’alotekha By Rabbi Irwin Huberman (’11) Can we incorporate within our personal theology a divine and all-knowing God, who agrees to change the laws of Torah upon human request? It’s an … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Naso 5780

June 4, 2020 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

When It Really Is About The Patriarchy A D’var Torah for Parshat Naso By Rabbi David Markus Dedicated to the family of George Floyd, and peaceful change makers everywhere. I open this week’s Torah portion (Naso), and I cringe. I … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Bemidbar 5780

May 22, 2020 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

Twelve Tribes Meditation for Parashat Bemidbar A D’var Torah for Parashat Bemidbar By Rabbi Jill Hammer Parashat Bemidbar describes how the twelve tribes encamp around the Tabernacle and the priests: three tribes on each side, with the Levites at the … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Matot-Masei 5779

August 2, 2019 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Matot-Masei By Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD This week we have a double parashah: Matot-Masei. The name of Parashat Matot means staffs (as in big sticks). A staff is a sign of authority, and this parashah is full … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Pinhas 5779

July 25, 2019 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

Pinhas: Hero or vigilante? A D’var Torah for Parashat Pinhas By Rabbi Irwin Huberman (’10) It may be strongly argued that within Judaism, there is no room or tolerance for committing murder in God’s name. We view with distain fanatical … Continue reading »