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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.

The True Translation

In our multinational society, translations are an important part of life.  Ideally, they enable different peoples, who have totally different ways of thinking, to connect together.  But are translations always accurate?

The Parshah of Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), beginning the fifth and final Book of the Torah, presents Moses giving talks to the Jewish people, explaining what the Torah is going to mean in their lives when they enter the Land of Israel.  The Sages tell us he did not only speak to them in Hebrew: he also translated the Torah into the seventy languages of the original seventy nations of the world.

This was opening the possibility for future translations of the Torah, as in our time, communicating aspects of Torah thought to very disparate kinds of people: men and women with different life-styles, with different questions.  The Torah has answers for them all, but these have to be translated in a way which they can understand.

Read more: The True Translation

Journeying Through Life

The Torah speaks in great detail about the journeys of the Children of Israel through their years in the wilderness.  The Torah specifies each and every one of the 42 journeys which they undertook.

The Torah does not just tell us things for no reason.  There is always a lesson which we can take away for our everyday lives.

All of us have embarked upon many journeys throughout our lives, both physically and spiritually.  We make many stops along the way.  These stops are important--they are rungs on the ladder, stages on the way to our destination.  It is all too easy, once we get there, to forget about the stages we passed along the way.  Sometimes we forget about the people who helped us along the way.

Read more: Journeying Through Life

The Daughters of Tselafchad

The Torah relates at length in the Parshah of Pinchas how the five daughters of Tselafchad (an Israelite who had died in the desert) saw that they would not receive a portion of the Holy Land according to the way the Torah-law then stood.  In distress, they entreated Moses for an inheritance in Israel.  Unable to answer them, Moses presented their case to G-d, and the Almighty then gave the law enabling the sisters to receive their rightful share of the Land.

Why did G-d wait for complaints to arise before teaching the law in this case?  The law of inheritance affecting Tselafchad's daughters could have been taught to Moses on Mount Sinai together with the rest of the Torah.

Read more: The Daughters of Tselafchad

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