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Fateful Words Can Have Fatal Consequences

The Jewish people's turbulent saga of disillusionment with liberation takes a new and momentarily promising turn this Shabbat, with a foray into the land of Canaan by twelve scouts.

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The Good Land
Davar Acher By: 
Kevin M. Kleinman

A baseball scout is responsible for traveling from town to town, observing the players on a particular team, and then reporting back to his superiors about their strengths and weaknesses so the tea

Attempt to Enter the Promised Land, Take One: Fail

The end of this week's parashah includes some short, but memorable pieces of legislation: the explanation for why we tithe a little dough when making challah (Numbers 15:20-21); the killin

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“You Will Always Pass Failure on the Way to Success”*
Davar Acher By: 
Alice R. Goldfinger

My son has a set of brightly colored keys attached to his school backpack.

The Medium and the Message

Last week, after getting a glimpse of the Promised Land, but finding out that he would not enter it, Moses began his farewell address. What does he choose for his parting words? A story . . .

D'var Torah By: 
Eikev : A Well-Heeled Channel to Discovery
Davar Acher By: 
Bruce E. Kahn

We all admire Discovery Channel, but watching it is a rather passive activity.

The Empty Ark

In our parashah this week, Moses instructs the Israelites that they must not interpret their inheritance of the Promised Land as a sign of divine acknowledgement of their spir

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Was the Ark Really Empty?
Davar Acher By: 
Scott Shpeen

I stood in my grandmother's empty apartment. In the silence of that space a flood of memories filled my mind.

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