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A Thin Line Between Passion and Zealotry

The final nine verses of Parashat Balak, the second parashah in this week's double portion, tell the story of Zimri, who brings a Midianite woman into the Israelite camp for the p

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The New Generation: Thirsting Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Davar Acher By: 
Sheva Locke and Ron Avi Astor

In the first half of this week's double portion, Parashat Chukat/Balak, the Israelites are caught between a rock and a hard place.

In Which the People and the Land Are Redeemed

As we have made our way through the Book of Leviticus, we have often noted how boundaries have been crossed—between the inside and outside of the body in issues of

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Redemption in Our Land in Our Time
Davar Acher By: 
Greg Weisman

The journey through the Book of Leviticus, which comes to a close this week with the double portion B'har/B'chukotai, is one that prepares the Israelites to dwell in the Land of Israel.

From Generation to Generation

In this week's parashah, Va-y'chi, there are three references to Jacob's wishes for burial.

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May You Be Like Ephraim and Manasseh
Davar Acher By: 
Craig Marantz

Any family that engages in Jewish learning contributes most powerfully to Jewish continuity.


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