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The Spirituality of the Wilderness

"On the first day of the second month, in the second year following the exodus from the land of Egypt, the Eternal One spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting . .

Jonathan E. Blake
All These Numbers!
Davar Acher By: 
Stephen J. Einstein

If I were to ask you to name the fourth book of the Torah, I suspect it is more likely that you would respond with "Numbers" than B'midbar .

Surviving an Economic Wilderness

With Shavuot coming, we begin a new book of Torah, the Book of Numbers, B'midbar. Contrasting Vayikra and B'midbar, the former focuses on how to live in holy ways, whereas B'midbar is filled with confrontation. Vayikra describes what would take place within the Mishkan, providing opportunities for spiritual cleansing and elevation including the most personal details of life.

Elyse Frishman
The Torah that Enriches Us All
Davar Acher By: 
James A. Gibson

I began my rabbinate in small congregations, as a student rabbi for four years in Seminole, Oklahoma, and for five years as the rabbi at Mount Sinai Congregation in Wausau, Wisconsin (situated abou

The Spirituality of Eye Contact

There are few texts from the Torah more ubiquitous, more universally invoked than Birkat Kohanim: the Priestly Benediction. We Jews use it all the time. At weddings. And bat mitzvahs.

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Extending the Blessing
Davar Acher By: 
Micah J. Citrin

Have you ever had an experience in life that you hoped would never end? Many of us can recall such an experience. We want to hold on to that moment a little longer.

Becoming Midbar

There are only three places in Torah: Mitzrayim or Egypt, which means "the narrow place" in Hebrew; eretz zavat chalav u' d'vash, "land that fl

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Finding Meaning in Darfuri Refugee Camps
Davar Acher By: 
Lee Bycel

The Midbar seemed to go on forever. In this fourth Book of Torah, we (the Israelites) continue our forty-year journey in the desert/wilderness.

Shattering the Tablets...For Our Sake

"As soon as Moses came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, he became enraged; and he hurled the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain." (Exodus 32:

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Moses' Aura
Davar Acher By: 
Audrey Friedman Marcus

"And as Moses came down from the mountain bearing the two tablets of the Pact, Moses was not aware that the skin of his face was radiant, since he had spoken with God.

Making Matters Count

This week's Torah portion, Ki Tisa, is filled with action, drama, and explosive notions of faith and fear.

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Art for God's Sake
Davar Acher By: 
Nancy M. Berman

The profound and dynamic drama in this week's Torah portion ranges from God's design specifications for the wilderness Tabernacle, to the sin of idol worship (the golden calf), to Moses' subs

To See God's Shadow

This week's parashah, Ki Tisa, portrays several dramatic scenes. In one of them, we find the Israelites camped below Mount Sinai.

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How Our Behavior Toward Others Reflects Our Faith in God
Davar Acher By: 
Ellen Nemhauser

Some say that we live in a faithless age. People struggle to believe in God and wonder what, if any, involvement God has in their lives.

A Time to Cast Away ... and a Time to Gather

This week's parashah, Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35), contains a story with which most of us are familiar the breaking of the first se

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A Sign for All Time
Davar Acher By: 
Nina Mizrahi

When Parashat Ki Tisa begins, God has nearly completed the divine instruction to Moses, and the people are awaiting Moses' descent from Mount Sinai with great impatience


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