Parashat Chukat

Saturday 1 July 2017 Tamuz 7 5777 Parashat Chukat “Ordinance of...” Numbers 19:1-22:1; Judges 11:1-33; John 3: 10-21 Another week of action, adventure and mystery as the Jewish people wander the desert in their 38th year. First, the laws of the red heifer (Parah Adumah) which was burnt with cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet thread. The ashes were then used in a purification ceremony for those who had come in contact with the dead. Strangely enough, all who were involved in the making of the ashes became ritually impure, but all who were sprinkled with them became ritually pure. It is a lesson that we must do the commandments even if we can't understand them. God decre

Parashat Korach - take 2

Parashat Korach - take 2 How to Split a Congregation Korah had a gripe against Moses and Aaron. Like Moses and Aaron, Korah was a Levite. He resented Moses for appointing Aaron and his sons to the priesthood and making the rest of the Levites their servants. He felt that Moses was abusing his position of leadership and indulging in nepotism by favoring his brother Aaron. Korah insisted that all Levites should enjoy the privileges and rewards of the priesthood, and that the entire assembly of Israel was holy enough to serve in the Tabernacle. Korah's attitude is common among Protestant believers today who feel that they are accountable only to God. Many believers view ecclesiastica

Parashat Sh’lach L’cha

Saturday 17 June 2017 Sivan 23 5777 Numbers 13:1-15:41; Joshua 2:1-24; Hebrews 3:7-4:1 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?" And they said to one another, "Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt." (B'midbar/N

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