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Parashat Korach June 12, 2021, 2 Tamuz 5781 Torah: Numbers 16:1-18:32; Triennial 16:20-17:24 Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22 Korah’s Take on Leadership Ilana Kurshan Our parashah features a serious and dangerous assault on Moshe’s leadership of the Jewish people. In the midst of the Israelites’ desert wanderings, a Levite named Korah rallies a group of two [...]
Parashat Sh’lach June 5, 2021, 25 Sivvan 5781 Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41; Triennial 14:8-15:7 Haftorah: Joshua 2:1-2:24 The Sotah and the Spies Ilana Kurshan Our parashah contains an account of the spies sent by Moshe to scout out the land of Israel before the Israelites enter to conquer it. Instead of simply reporting on the land, [...]
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 Nasso May 22, 2021, 11 Sivvan 5781 Torah: Numbers 4:21-7:89; Triennial 5:11-6:27 Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25 Grooming, Grieving, Grapes Ilana Kurshan Parashat Nasso introduces us to the nazir, a person who vows to take upon him or herself additional commitments so as to draw closer to God. A nazir vows not to drink wine or [...]
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 [...]