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I confess I have found it very hard to come to grips with the meaning behind the ritual of the Red Heifer in Parashat Chukat – or even to discover whether there is any meaning that I can come to know. The whole thing is deeply paradoxic...

Posted on 21 June 2018, By Beverly Cohen

Parashat Korach conflates two separate rebellions under the eponymous name of its central character. One is that of the Levites led by Korach, himself a Levite, against the priestly privileges of Aaron; the second rebellion is led by Dath...

Posted on 14 June 2018, By Mehri Niknam
Choosing Your Child?

“Which do you prefer – your firstborn child, or the five coins required to redeem him?” This disconcerting question is part of the ritual known as pidyon haben, the redemption of the firstborn son. Rabbi Asher ben Yehiel (13th-14th ...

Posted on 14 June 2018, By Rabbi Daniel Niven