The End of the Wilderness

As you read and watch, some ideas to consider… How do you reconcile difficult passages in Torah with your concepts of moral behavior? What do you think about creating physical spaces to protect those who have committed some awful wrong (like manslaughter)? What should those spaces be like? What would a contemporary city of refuge […]

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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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A Red Cow, Water, and a Snake?

To think about as you read this week’s installment: What do you think about rituals surrounding purification around death/caring for a deceased person? How do you reconcile following laws that make no sense to you? Would you ever obey a law that you can’t understand? Why or why not? One might think that the way […]

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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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Spies and Confidence

Nechama is on vacation, but wanted to make sure you didn’t miss a beat. No lengthy discussion or questions to ponder, but you still get to enjoy a video! Will the Promised Land be flowing with milk and honey, or giants and battles? This week’s guest narrator, Jay Michaelson, invites the spies of Parshat Shelach […]

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Is This a Healthy Relationship?

Nechama is on vacation, but wanted to make sure you didn’t miss a beat. No lengthy discussion or questions to ponder, but you still get to enjoy a video! Hold onto your hats, this is a really crazy G-dcast. One of the oddest, most thorny episodes in the Bible involves a man who suspects his […]

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Counting in the Desert

This week we begin reading the 4th of the 5 Books of Moses, which actually has 3 different names: Bemidbar (Hebrew for “In the Desert”), describing where the action takes place, and Numbers, because, following the early Greek translation of the Bible, the book begins with a census and close attention to counting. Finally, this […]

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