parshat Naso

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During our lengthy exile an ascetic approach is appropriate. Since we have returned to our Land, the right approach is not separation from - but sanctification of - our material reality.
  • Bitterness or Bracha – Choose!
    We complain about the conditions of the desert; the lack of water; the shortage of meat; the taste of the miraculous Mahn. Even Miriam & Ahron get into the act when they complain to Moshe about his neglecting his wife Tzipora. We find fault with everyone & everything.
  • Twelve Offerings
    The overwhelming number of interpretations concentrate on the idea that even though the offerings may physically have been identical, the spirit and motivation of each differed from individual to individual, and tribe to tribe.
  • The world like a tree, and roots – the Holy Temple
    How does the enumeration of Israel cause the infusion of the divine presence within Israel?
  • The Role of the Levites in Israeli Society
    The Torah reading of this week continues with the count of the different families within the tribe of Levi. We are aware that this tribe has been chosen for public service in the Temple and, generally, on behalf of the Jewish people. They do not own land, and their financial support is based upon the tithe that the Jewish people contributed from their produce.
  • Two Versions of the Moral Life
    Is a Nazirite positive or negative? Or maybe it's both of them?
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    Two Versions of the Moral Life
    Is a Nazirite positive or negative? Or maybe it's both of them?
  • Who's In Control?
    Three diverse subjects combine in our Parsha: The Sota, the Nazir & Birkat Kohanim. Plus Shavuot this week. Is there a connection between all of them?
  • Migdal Eider, the First Yeshiva in Gush Etzion
    The prophet Micha prophesized about a rejuvenation of the nation in Eretz Yisrael, boding good things for Zion and for a nearby place called Migdal Eider.
  • Our Arms Vs. Their Arms
    One of the most ancient, & certainly one of the most beautiful prayers in the Jewish liturgy is the Birkat Kohanim. In just 15 words, Hashem - via the Kohanim - promises us knowledge, wealth, security, Peace & an eternal relationship with Him. What more could anyone ask for?
  • IDF Draft Age...In The Torah!
    What Parshat Nasso has to say about the army draft age for men and the effects of applying the same line of thinking to the IDF today.
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