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Tag Archives: Numbers

Leaning into Conflict to Nurture Love — D’var Torah, Parashat Chukat, 5781

In the most obscure verse in this week’s parasha, Chukat, perhaps the most obscure in the whole Torah, Scripture catalogs Israel’s journeys in the desert and describes the geography of one of their pit-stops:  “…they set out and encamped beyond Arnon, that … Continue reading

The Scouts as Stubborn, Old Guard Leaders: The Torah’s Warning Tale — D’var Torah for Parashat Sh’lach-Lekha

This week’s parashah focuses on the second of the Israelites’ two most devastating moments of collective failure in the desert — the mass breakdown after the scouts overstepped their jurisdiction for reconnaissance by insisting that the land was uninhabitable for … Continue reading