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Parashat Ekev July 31, 2021, 22 Av 5781 Torah: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25; Triennial 9:4-10:11 Haftarah: Judges 49:14-51:3  Bread in Our Baskets Ilana Kurshan  In this week’s parashah, Moshe continues to review the experiences of the Israelites in the desert. He makes repeated mention of the manna which God provided the Israelites for the duration of their [...]
Parashat Va’etchanan, Shabbat Nahamu July 24, 2021, 15 Av 5781 Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11; Triennial 5:1-6:25 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26  Never Forget? Ilana Kurshan In this week’s parashah, Va’etchanan, Moshe repeatedly warns the people of Israel that they must not forget the experience of revelation or the covenant at Sinai: “Take utmost care and do not forget [...]
Parashat Beha’alotcha May 29, 2021, 18 Sivvan 5781 Torah: Numbers 8:1-12:16; Triennial 9:15-10:34 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:17 The Varieties of Religious Experience Ilana Kurshan In parashat Beha’alotcha Miriam and Aaron speak out against Moshe “on account of the Cushite woman he had married” (Numbers 12:1), a reference to Moshe’s wife Tziporah, who was described as a [...]
Parashat Bamidbar May 15, 2021, 4 Sivvan 5781 Torah: Numbers 1:1-4:20; Triennial 2:1-3:13 Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 The Anesthetized Mishkan Ilana Kurshan Parashat Bamidbar describes the various responsibilities incumbent upon each of the three branches of the Levite clan, who transported the Tabernacle every time the Israelites broke camp and traveled. The sons of Gershon carried [...]