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Matot Masei 5776 – Life’s Journeys

August 12, 2016
Sinai Peninsula

This second part of this week’s Torah reading, Masei, begins with a bit of a travelogue.  Eleh masei v’nai Yisrael, “These are the journeys of the people of Israel.”  And the Torah goes on to record the 42 stages the Hebrew nation went through on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Why...
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Masei 5768

July 30, 2008

  ”But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those whom you allow to remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall harass you in the land where you live.” …Numbers 33:55...
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Bar Mitzvah in a Bomb Shelter

July 23, 2006
Bar Mitzvah in a Bomb Shelter

I VERY rarely "cross-post" something, which is to say simply post to my blog or send to my email list something I pick up from somewhere else.  I figure everyone gets enough email traffic themselves.  I’m making an exception for the following, which was forwarded to me by Rabbi Mauricio Balter, who is the...
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Matot Masei 5766 and War in Lebanon

July 21, 2006

On June 25 Hamas terrorists killed 2 IDF soldiers and captured a third, Gilad Shalit. On June 28 the IDF went into Gaza looking for him, and they have been there ever since, not just hunting for Shalit, but also working to destroy the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. Besides freeing Shalit, Israel needs to...
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Masei 5765 — Life Journeys

July 25, 2005

 These are the journeys of the people of Israel, which went forth out of the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron.  And Moses wrote their starting places according to their journeys by the commandment of the Lord; and these are their journeys according to their starting places.  ...
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