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Some thoughts for parshat Pinchas

July 2, 2010
Some thoughts for parshat Pinchas

Pinchas is the Bible's great zealot.  Last week we read how in a fit of zealotry, he killed a couple who were engaging in public very naughty behavior by skewering the two of them with his spear. There are those who say this is a time for Israelis to be more zealous, to be...
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t-17 hours…

July 8, 2007

Today is our last day in the United States before leaving for Israel on aliyah. From Toledo we went to Washington DC and visited friends and took the kids on the “Nation’s Capitol” tour – lots of time at the Smithsonian as well as a tour of the capitol and various monuments. Seemed a...
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Pinchas 5766

July 13, 2006

The fighting in Gaza and Lebanon has pushed a lot of other things aside in the last few days, but there was something else disturbing in the news here a few days ago. WorldPride is planning to have their annual massive march and demonstration in support of tolerance and gay rights in Jerusalem in...
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On Friday the Rabbi got Gassed…

July 10, 2006
On Friday the Rabbi got Gassed…

Today I got a good whiff of tear gas for the first time in 33 years.  That was not actually my plan for the day. Accompanying me on this morning’s adventure were Rabbi Arik Ascherman, executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights, and a woman named Ruth who described herself as a "human rights...
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Pinchas 5763 — Passionate Moderates

July 25, 2003
Pinchas

Number 25:11. Pinchas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned my anger away from the people of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the people of Israel in my jealousy. There are many troubling aspects to the story of Pinchas, which...
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