Parashat Matot – Wives Submit, Husbands Sacrifice

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Teachings
Parashat Matot – Wives Submit, Husbands Sacrifice

This week’s Parashat, a double portion of Matot-Masei, covers a variety of issues in conclusion of the book of Numbers. We see here Moses’ last battle against Midian/Moab, the settling of the 3 ½ tribes on the east of the Jordan (so much for the west bank), a summary of Beni-Israel’s entire wilderness journey, the […]

Parashat Pinchas – God’s Perspective on Women

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Teachings
Parashat Pinchas – God’s Perspective on Women

[Read Numbers 27:1-11] I spent this week reading up on many different misogynist quotes of both Rabbi’s and Church fathers that really unsettled me.[1][2] And while some of these quotes are probably out of context, for many of them, there is not ever a context in which they could ever be right. Some would like […]

Parashat Balak – The Star of David

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Teachings
Parashat Balak – The Star of David

This week’s portion covers the story of Balaam, a pagan diviner, and his interactions with Balak the king of Moab. Balak, realizing that Israel had just defeated Sihon and Og the Amorite kings, and that he was nowhere near as strong as they, decided to take a spiritual approach. [Tell the story of Balaam] Walter […]

Parashat Chukat – Constant Humility

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Teachings
Parashat Chukat – Constant Humility

This week’s passage covers a lot of ground. We have some talk about the water of cleansing made from the ashes of a red heifer, we have the death of Miriam at Kadesh and Aaron at Mt. Hor, and we have Moses’ disobedience against Adonai by striking the rock twice to produce water. Then when […]

Parashat Korach – Unthankfulness, Bitterness and Rebellion

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Audio, Teachings
Parashat Korach – Unthankfulness, Bitterness and Rebellion

AUDIO FILE The word for rebellion in Hebrew is meri which comes from the root marah. Does anyone recognize that word? Rebellion is the fruit of the bitterness which is the fruit of the grumbling which is the fruit of the unthankfulness of what Adonai has already provided. Remember Genesis 3? Satan stirred ingratitude in […]

Parashat Sh’lach – Who are we looking at?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Audio, Teachings
Parashat Sh’lach – Who are we looking at?

AUDIO FILE [Read Numbers 13:26 – 14:2] (Vs. 26-29) The recounting of the 12 starts out great. The land is “flowing with milk and honey” The problem is the “except that” or “but”. This conjunction annuls everything before it in the report. The word “fortified” means “inaccessible;” to whom was it inaccessible? Who were they […]

Parashat Beha’alotecha – Good Requests & Bad Requests

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Audio, Teachings
Parashat Beha’alotecha – Good Requests & Bad Requests

AUDIO FILE Sha’ul in his letter to Timothy says, “But understand this, that in the last days hard times will come— for people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, hardhearted, unforgiving, backbiting, without self-control, brutal, hating what is good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure […]

Parashat Vayakhel and Pekudei – Restoration of Relationship

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Audio, Teachings
Parashat Vayakhel and Pekudei – Restoration of Relationship

AUDIO FILE [Read Ex. 35:1 – 36:7] Remember the background for this passage? Adonai rescues Beni Yisrael and leads them out to Sinai. He longs to be in a covenantal (marriage) relationship with them. They agree. Then even before the ink of the covenant dried (in this case: before the etchings in the tablets stopped […]

Parashat Ki Tisa – Show Me Your Glory

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Audio, Teachings
Parashat Ki Tisa – Show Me Your Glory

AUDIO FILE This is passage describes the relationship with Adonai that I long for. [Read Ex. 33:7 – 34:10] Oh to know you Adonai, and to be known by you! Even though the camp had been defiled with the golden calf, and Moses had moved his own tent outside the camp (33:7), Adonai was still […]

The Resurrection Chapter

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Audio, Teachings
The Resurrection Chapter

AUDIO FILE [Read 1 Cor. 15] From the beginning of this chapter R. Sha’ul makes it crystal clear that the absolute belief in the resurrection is essential for the Good News. (Vs. 1-2) Stern says that some Corinthians were “simply expressing a common Greek opinion – the Athenians too had mocked Sha’ul when he spoke […]

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