Moses
Why Was Moses’ Arm Stricken With “Leprosy”?

Why Was Moses’ Arm Stricken With “Leprosy”?

Leviticus goes into great detail concerning the disease of tzaraat, a spiritual malady that is similar to leprosy in presentation. But the first time this disease is described in the Bible is when Moses first encounters God at the Burning...

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Do Jews Have Horns?

Do Jews Have Horns?

After coming down from Mount Sinai, Moses’ face was so radiant that he had to wear a mask when speaking with people: And when Moshe had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moshe went in before Hashem to...

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What Made Amalek So Evil?

What Made Amalek So Evil?

The Hebrews are attacked by the Amalekites in Rephidim. Joshua is ordered by Moses to lead Israel in battle, and Moses watches from a hillside with the staff of God in his hand. When Moses' hand is raised, Israel prevails, but when it is...

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Weekly Torah Portion: Vessels in the Service of God

Chapter 8 in Leviticus discusses the anointing of Aaron and his sons as priests in the Tabernacle and the anointing of the Tabernacle itself. The process is very detailed. The first step is the washing of both Aaron and his sons. Then...

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Weekly Torah Portion: God is a Gracious Host

The closing chapters of the Book of Exodus complete the section that deals with the construction of the Tabernacle.  The last verses are particularly interesting.   Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord...

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Weekly Torah Portion: A Generous Heart

This week’s Torah portion opens with Moses’ instruction to the Children of Israel to donate items for the construction of the Tabernacle and its various vessels.  It echoes the very similar commandment that God gave to Moses in Chapter...

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Weekly Torah Portion: A Man, not a Superhero

This week’s portion begins with the commandment to conduct a census among the Children of Israel through the donation of a half shekel.  Other commandments follow, but the focus of the portion is the story of the Golden Calf.   It has...

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