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This week's parsha

Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the website.  We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given.  For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website.  If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the website.

Miriam's Courage

At the conclusion of the parshah of Behaalotecha we read how when Miriam had to live outside of Israel's desert encampment for seven days, "...the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again" (Numbers 12:15).

Two million people, with all their leaders, their prophets, judges, elders and sages delayed their scheduled journeying to wait for one individual!  For they remembered; they remembered how she had waited at the banks of the Nile to guard her baby brother Moses floating in the reed box in the river; they remembered how Miriam, a little girl, had molded Israel's destiny and changed the course of history...

Read more: Miriam's Courage

Hearing Voices

The Torah tells us that when Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with G-d, he would hear a voice addressing him from above the cover that was on top of the Ark.

G-d's voice could not be heard outside the Tent.  The same tremendous voice that spoke at Sinai stopped short at the door of the Tent and did not travel further.  At Sinai and in the Tent, G-d's voice was stopped.  At Sinai, after the revelation, a shofar, horn, was sounded signaling the departure of G-d's presence and voice -- a time-based limitation.  In the Tent, this cessation was space-related, the voice reaching a certain point and not going any further.

Much as we might want it to be otherwise, G-d's voice cannot resound everywhere and at all times.  If it did, we would not have freedom of choice.  A world where G-d's voice is constantly heard does not challenge us.  It was G-d's desire to create a world where we uncover G-d's concealed voice through our own efforts.  Our task is to take what we heard at Sinai and in the Tent - each of us has heard G-d's voice in some place and at some moment, however fleeting - and carry it over to all times and all places, wherever we may be.

Not Just a Number

There are three types of people in this world: those who can count and those who can't.

This week's Parsha begins the book of "Bamidbar", often referred to in English as the book of Numbers.  The name "Numbers" is not a literal translation of Bamidbar, which means "in the desert".  Nonetheless we find the name Numbers used in Hebrew also -- "Chumash Hapekudim."  The choice of this alternative name for the whole book reflects the importance of the census which takes place in this week's Parsha, when the Children of Israel are counted.

Read more: Not Just a Number

In our thoughts

Condolences to the families of Jack Eisenberg, Miriam Finkelstein and Linda Za'arur over the loss of their mother Rachel (AH).  Grave site funeral service to be held December 10th at 1:00PM at the Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery.


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Date: Feb 24 '18
Sponsor: Regina Novak
In Honour of Husband Morris Novak's (AH) yahrzeit

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