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Weekly Shabbat Message

  • Shabbat Korah 5777 When Moshe first hears the accusations of Korah, he has an extreme physical reaction: “He fell on his face” (Numbers 16:4). As the complaints mount up against him and Aharon, God has had enough, and warns the two leaders, “Stand back from this community that I may annihilate them in an instant” (16:21). What is ...
  • Shabbat Shelakh-Lekha 5777 The shootings in Washington this week introduced me to a phrase from American literature that I had never heard before. Bret Stephens quoted it in his New York Times column: it comes from Philip Roth, the great Jewish-American novelist. Roth, in referring to American violence in its many forms, called this phenomenon “the indigenous American ...
  • Shabbat Beha’alotekha 5777 After the idyllic, orderly details that dominate the opening chapters of Sefer Bemidbar, the Book of Numbers, all heck suddenly breaks loose in chapter 11. The Israelites begin to complain about the wilderness menu, and they are stricken by a plague. There’s a leadership crisis, and Moshe expresses abject despair in his ability to continue ...
  • Shabbat Naso 5777 Have you ever felt that living a religious life was a heavy burden on your shoulders? If so, you’re not alone. We all feel that way sometimes. Consider this nearly-concluded week: Tuesday felt like both a Monday (coming out of a weekend) and a Friday (it was erev Yom Tov). Friday feels like a Monday ...
  • Shabbat Bemidbar 5777 Having spent years in slavery, the Israelites know what it’s like to be a number and not a name. The dehumanization of chattel is crucial to the conscience of the slaveholder, but it may be the greatest source of pain for the slave, even beyond the physical suffering he or she endures.  So why, just a ...
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