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Is Halakhah Binding No Matter What? The beginning of this week’s parashah presents the description of the red heifer ritual.  In a nutshell, a perfectly unblemished red heifer must be killed, certain rituals performed with it, and its ...

Posted on 28 June 2017, By Rabbi Joel Roth
Korach’s Fire Pans: Relics of Rebellion to Sacred Lessons

Contentiousness, dissent, and upheaval mark the opening of Parashat Korach. Dissatisfied with his status among the Israelite people, Korach leads a rebellion against the leadership of Moses, claiming, “You have gone too far! For all the...

Posted on 21 June 2017, By Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz

Not for nothing is the logo of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism an enormous cluster of grapes carried aloft between two figures. The image is straight from Sh’lach-L’Cha in which Moshe dispatches twelve tribal representatives on a recon...

Posted on 14 June 2017, By Angela Gluck