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This week's parsha

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Life and light are often paired together.  We seek life, and we seek light.  Yet sometimes we seem to hit a patch of darkness.  The darkness may be outside, or it may also be inside.  What happens then?  We try to illuminate the darkness, to change dark to light.  The new light is very beautiful, stronger than ever.

An incident in the Torah reading of Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1) expresses this idea, when looked at through the lens of the teachings of the Sages.  In itself, the incident is mysterious and supernatural, but it does not take long to describe.

Read more: Illuminations

A Mezuzah on the Door

This week's Torah reading relates how Korach, a member of the priestly tribe of Levi, rebelliously challenged the leadership of Moses and the high priesthood of Aaron.

The Midrash relates that Korach confronted Moses with several questions.  One of them concerned a Mezuzah.  According to Torah law every house must have affixed on its right doorpost, a Mezuzah, a small scroll of parchment containing the first two paragraphs of the Shma Yisroel.  Korach demanded of Moses:  "Does a house filled with scrolls of the Torah require a Mezuzah?"  Moses replied that the contents of the house were immaterial; a "Mezuzah" was required on every doorpost.

Read more: A Mezuzah on the Door


The power of recognition is a fascinating feature of our minds.  What gives us the ability to recognize another person?  Or the street on which we used to live?  What about recognizing when someone is telling the truth?  "I just knew she was being truthful.  It was obvious."

One of our great problems in life is the fact that we often do not recognize the world around us for what it really is.  For many reasons we allow ourselves to be deceived; in fact, it might be incredibly difficult to see things in a clear way.  Then, sometimes, we suddenly recognize the truth.  Immediately everything looks different.

Read more: Recognition

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Date: Feb 16 '19
Sponsor: Regina Novak
In honour of my husband Morris Novak (AH) yahrzeit

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