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We have two terms to describe the season of the Jewish year that will peak in intensity within days. We call it the “High Holidays” and the “Days of Awe” (yamim nora’im). I much prefer the latter term, the Days of Awe – because Judaism … more
Our Torah portion contains a fascinating and fanciful description of the Moabite king Balak engaging a prophet, Balaam, to curse the Israelites. The image of God defending the people and turning Balaam’s curses into blessings is so significant … more
Our Torah portion deals with a fascinating group of people who rebelled against Moses in the wilderness.  They were led by Korach, who was the central figure in the uprising.  Where did he get his power and what did he use it for?  This was the … more
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