Pinchas- Making Tough Choices for Peace

Our sedra, Parshat Pinchas, opens with Hashem praising the aforementioned Kohen for his initiative: פִּינְחָס בֶּן אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן הֵשִׁיב אֶת חֲמָתִי מֵעַל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּקַנְאוֹ אֶת קִנְאָתִי בְּתוֹכָם וְלֹא כִלִּיתִי אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּקִנְאָתִי. לָכֵן אֱמֹר הִנְנִי נֹתֵן לוֹ אֶת בְּרִיתִי שָׁלוֹם. Pinchas ben Elazar ben Aharon the Kohen has turned away my […]

Korach- There are no Innocent Civilians

Our sedra tells the tale of Korach, Datan and Aviram’s attempted rebellion against Moshe and Aharon. Picking a popular tagline, one which they hoped would encourage a larger eidah, they cried to to the people: “כי כל העדה כלם קדשים- all of us are just as holy. מדוע תתנשאו על קהל ה’- why should you, Moshe and Aharon, […]

Balancing the Extremes of Parshat Nasso

Our sedra initially continues last week’s count of the levi’im by presenting the result of the census of the families of Gershon and Merari. Then, the Jews are given the commands of sending tamei people outside of the camp, and the serious transgressions of a Sotah. After this, without as much as a witty segue, […]

Bemidbar/Shavuot- Encamping with Hashem

As we begin Sefer Bemidbar, the subject matter of the pesukim shifts to more technical details-a census of the Jewish people, and how they would divide into different camps when the Shechina would settle from traveling. Before any specifics are mentioned, Hashem tells Moshe and Aharon: אִישׁ עַל דִּגְלוֹ בְאֹתֹת לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם יַחֲנוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מִנֶּגֶד […]

Yisrael: The Final Destination

In our סדרה, Yosef’s story reaches its climax with his revealing of his true identity to his brothers. The Egyptian viceroy then sends a delegation, many wagons and donkeys bearing the riches of Egypt, to bring his father down to the African country. When faced with the truth, that Yosef is alive and ruling over […]