Wise Women, Leadership, and Zealotry

As you read about and watch this week’s Torah portion, some ideas to consider: Is zealotry ever warranted? Why and why not? What do Zelophechad’s five daughters have to teach you about speaking truth to power? What do you think of Moshe’s reaction to being told he is going to die without going into Israel? […]

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A Prophet and His Talking Donkey

The Torah parasha this week is named after a non-Israelite king, Balak, who decides that the Israelite tribes are a threat to his people, the Moabites. So King Balak hires Balaam ben Be’or, a soothsayer and prophet, to go and deliver a curse on the Israelites (Numbers 22: 5-7). Balaam accepts the gig; he and […]

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Showdown at the OK Corral

This week’s parasha (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32) is named after its key protagonist, a feisty fellow by the name of Korach, born into the priestly tribe of Levi, the same leadership tribe as Moshe/Moses and Aaron. The scene is the desert: the Israelites are complaining and want a change, wishing they were back in good […]

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Boston and “After the Death”

When tragedy strikes, what do you need to do to remain balanced and react in a positive fashion? What kinds of rules should we adopt to keep our society safe, healthy, and open? The parasha (Torah portion) this week, Acharey Mote/After the Death, opens with a reference back to the inexplicable death of two of […]

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No Good Reason

This week’s Torah portion (parasha) contains one of only two narratives in the entire book of Leviticus — the rest of Leviticus is made up of laws, rules, and instructions. The story this week is of the death of two of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, and appears at the beginning of chapter 10 and […]

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Sight and Smell, Bodies, and Losing Faith

To consider as you read about the week’s Torah portion, Ki Tissa: Which of your senses is the most important to you in understanding the world? Is this also the sense that helps you tap into your spiritual self? Why does the writer of the Bible use the human body when describing God? Why did […]

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Project Runway: Priest Edition

Last week, we read in some detail about the building of the Ohel Mo’ed, the Tent of Meeting, aka the Miskhan, aka the Dwelling Place of the Divine. In this week’s parasha, called Tetzaveh, we read the elaborate descriptions of the clothing that the priests must wear when they serve God. Our storyteller from G-dcast […]

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Sentences and Laws

Our G-dcast story teller this week, David Henkin, asks some pretty provocative questions about why it was that Moses/Moshe decided to write down the words he heard from God and record them in a book, that we now call the “Torah.” He ponders what happens when people have the capacity to read words rather than […]

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Come Darkness

To consider as you read and watch this week’s installment: How can a story change in meaning when its told from the perspective of a secondary character or witness? Can you think of an experience from your life that would benefit from a retelling through someone else’s perspective? Is there a habit you’ve formed that, […]

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