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The Politics of Just Protest

This is one of a few select parashiyot coveted by bat mitzvah girls, by adult b'not mitzvah , and by all who seek opportunities to learn more about

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More Than a Victory for Women: A Victory for the Community
Davar Acher By: 
Melanie W. Aron

"R. Nathan said: Women's tenacity is stronger than men's. The men of Israel [being willing to give up the Land] said: 'Let us make a captain and let us return to Egypt' (Numbers 14:4).

Thwarting Evil, Saving Lives

The narrative of Parashat Pinchas is disturbing: the grandson of the High Priest Aaron slew two people, and was rewarded. Was he a zealot or not? He took lives.

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Standing Up against Injustice and Transforming Tradition
Davar Acher By: 
Tamara Cohn Eskenazi

Five sisters in Parashat Pinchas — Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah (also known as Zelophehad's daughters) challenge the tradition th

Passion and Fanaticism

This Shabbat's Torah portion, Parashat Pinchas, begins by referring to an event that occurred at the end of the prior one, when Pinchas, Aaron's grandson, killed Zimri, a scion of the Sime

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The Sanctity of Human Life
Davar Acher By: 
Elizabeth S. Wood

Having myself been in Washington, D.C.

Separation and Abstention

In this Torah portion, Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89), we learn about the Nazirite and the Nazirites now.

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Shlepping the Sacred
Davar Acher By: 
Debra J. Robbins

The Nazir reminds us that our task is, as Rabbi Zimmerman explains, "not to separate from our community and people and not to abstain from life's joys but rather to affirm life at its best, to join

A Bag of Bones, Beauty, and Blessing

On the day that the Mishkan was fully erected, the princely chieftains were instructed to bring identical tribal offerings to the Mishkan (Numbers 7:10).

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Pursuing the Common Good after the Collapse
Davar Acher By: 
Jonah Dov Pesner

Rabbi Frishman makes a profoundly important argument at a critical moment of crisis in America and across the world.

Longing to Reenter the Wilderness

I had never had a mystical experience until I entered the wilderness of Sinai about twenty years ago. At the time, I didn't know I has having a mystical experience.

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Who Is THE Closest to God?
Davar Acher By: 
Daniel W. Bennett

On my own spiritual journey I've discovered that every person is blessed and holy, that each of us is touched with a spark of the divine.

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