Monthly Archives: July 2011

Parshat Massei 2011-Mourning in the Summer

Summary: The travels of the Jews in the desert are enumerated. The borders of Israel are demarcated and the cities of refuge are established. The laws of an unintentional killer are listed. My analysis: I like being Jewish and I … Continue reading

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Parshat Matot 2011-Our Ties to the Land

Summary: The laws of making vows are brought down. The land is apportioned among the tribes. The tribes of Reuven and Gad decide they want to settle in Jordan and are permitted to on condition they send troops to help … Continue reading

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Parshat Pinhas 2011-A Sad Tribute to Leiby Kletzky

Summary: Pinhas, grandson of Aharon, is rewarded with the office of Cohen Gadol for avenging the sin of Zimri the Prince of Shimon and Cosbi the Princess of Midian. Another census is taken of the Jews, this time at the … Continue reading

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Parshat Balak 2011-Real Righteousness

There’s no such thing as someone who’s perfect. Far from it. There is such a thing as righteous people, and even a righteous nation. You belong to it. Overall, the Jews have done right by the world and have done incredible things. Continue reading

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Parshat Hukat 2011-The Morality of G-d

Behind every decision we make, there are a set of premises we assume before making said decision. We get out of bed assuming the floor will be there to meet our feet. We eat breakfast assuming that there’s nothing growing in there that will make us throw up. We don’t punch our teacher out for failing us because it’s wrong to punch people out. Why? Continue reading

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