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The Blessing of Privacy

The Blessing of Privacy

In today’s world of social media, nothing is private. People post and share everything about themselves, from what they ate for breakfast to their most personal and intimate moments. Sometimes it seems like privacy and personal space is a...

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Did God Really Punish Moses For Hitting the Rock?

Did God Really Punish Moses For Hitting the Rock?

A group of thirsty people complain bitterly to Moses, “Why did you bring us to the desert, to die??”  God tells Moses and Aaron:  You and your brother Aaron take the rod and assemble the community, and before their very eyes order the...

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The Portion of Devarim

The Portion of Devarim

This portion marks the beginning of the final book of the Torah. After leading the Children of Israel valiantly through the desert for forty years, Moses prepares to part from the people. What follows in the book of Deuteronomy is his...

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The Portion of Chukat

The Portion of Chukat

This action-packed portion begins with the laws of the red heifer, an unusual ritual which causes the participant to become pure, but those involved in the preparation to become impure. From there, the narrative picks up again with the...

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