Bamidbar

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 »

 

Parashat Balak 5779

July 17, 2019 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Balak By Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11) My family has a habit of frequenting struggling restaurants, which means we often wind up befriending their owners. And, given my limited menu choices, those owners usually soon discover … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Hukkat 5779

July 10, 2019 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

The Life of Miriam A D’var Torah for Parashat Hukkat By Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) In parashat Hukkat we encounter Moses’ sister Miriam for the last time: “Then came the people of Israel, the whole congregation into the desert of … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Korah 5779

July 3, 2019 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

Korah: Idealist or Demagogue? A D’var Torah for Parashat Korah By Rabbi Len Levin Korah’s words resonate with modern egalitarian sympathies: “For the congregation are all holy, and Adonai is among them; and why do you exalt yourselves over the … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Shelah Lekha 5779

June 28, 2019 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

Grasshoppers and Giants A D’var Torah for Parashat Shelah Lekha By Rabbi Matthew Goldstone Parashat Shelah Lekha recounts the episode of the twelve spies who travel ahead to scout out the Promised Land. Ten of the spies return to the people … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Beha’alotekha 5779

June 21, 2019 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

Lighting Us Up: Theology, Pluralism and Becoming the Menorah A D’var Torah for Parashat Beha’alotekha By Rabbi David Markus What does God need of our spirituality, what do we need of it, and how do we know? These questions cast … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Naso 5779

June 14, 2019 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Naso By Rabbi Heidi Hoover (’11) Last week’s Torah portion, Bemidbar, started with a lot of counting of Israelites. This week’s Torah portion, Naso, also begins with counting. The word “Naso” means “take up,” as … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Bemidbar 5779

June 6, 2019 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

The “New” Tribes of Israel A D’var Torah for Parashat Bemidbar By Rabbi Irwin Huberman (’10) Over the centuries, there has been much debate and speculation regarding the fate of the twelve tribes of Israel. In recent years, with the … Continue reading »

 

Mattot/Massei 5778

July 12, 2018 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Mattot/Massei by Rabbi Heidi Hoover (AJR ’11) In this week’s Torah portion, Mattot/Massei, we have a remarkable episode. Two tribes, Reuben and Gad, look around the land where they Israelites are staying before they enter the … Continue reading »