Category Archives: Prophets | נְבִיאִים

Earthquakes are supposedly God’s rage. Kol Ha Moeid Sukkot. Ezekiel 38:18-39

So natural phenomena are assigned to godly powers, which are instituted against the invasion of Gog’s troops: 38:18 “On that day when Gog attacks the land of Israel, the heat of my rage will boil over…..  I declare there shall … Continue reading

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Re’he: ( רְאֵה ) Destroy those of other faiths in your land? Kill your family or friend?

You may look at those old texts of inspiration.  Little of that can be said of the passages in this weeks parasha, truly troublesome passages, which are showing clear bias and intolerance of others.  What’s more a licence to murder … Continue reading

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More rebellion! Num: 16:1- 18:32 Korach | קֹרַח

Not surprising, following the former chapters, even the biblical characters question Moses.  Korah, Abiram  and Dathan went to Moses and said:  You have gone too far!  We are all holy, why do you raise yourself above anyone else? “We will … Continue reading

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שְׁלַח-לְךָ Shlach L’cha Num. 13.1-15.41 Moses: Do as I say!

Emissaries are sent into the promised land by Moses to inspect it. After the emissaries return from their inspection of the promised land the message is mixed.  The first message is that the people who live there (Nephilim, Anakites) are … Continue reading

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B’Haalot’cha Numeri 8:1 – 12:16 בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ

Complaints and Moses the Man:  I’d rather go home!  At the beginning Moses’ father Law Reuel the (Sudan) is saying he is not coming along Moses and the Israelites, but rather returns to his country (Artzi) and birth-land (Moladeti).  This … Continue reading

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The Bride and the Maniac: Hosea 2:1-22 B’Midbar בְּמִדְבַּר – Numeri 1:1 – 4:20

  It is refreshing that after all the laws and prescriptions the first chapters of B’Midbar bring us back to more mundane matters, namely the counting of the men of fighting age.  Very interesting is the interpretation of the word … Continue reading

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B’Har Lev. 25:1-26:2 and Bechukotai Lev.26:3-27:34

These sections include laws on redeeming land and property, as well as prescribing that each 7th and each 50th year be a rest year for the fields.  We read that Jewish people are allowed to purchase slaves and own them, … Continue reading

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