Witnessing God’s Sovereignty and Faithfulness

Parashat Balak Numbers 22:2-25:9 Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 This week, we delve into Parashat Balak, found in Bamidbar (Numbers) 22:2-25:9, with the Haftarah reading from Micah 5:6-6:8. Named after Balak, the king of Moab, this portion … Read More

The Danger of a Rebellious Heart

Parashat Korach Bamidbar (Numbers) 16:1-18:32 Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24 Shabbat Rosh Chodesh This week we have a special reading from Isaiah to mark the beginning of the Hebrew month, Tammuz. As I was reading the scripture … Read More

Facing the Giants in the Land

Parashat Shelach (Send Forth) Bamidbar (Numbers) 13:1-15:41 Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24 I often find myself connecting the truth of God’s Word to the reality of life today. Afterall, His Word is living and breathing, and is … Read More

A Reminder of His Presence

PARASHAT BEHAALOT’HA (WHEN YOU KINDLE) BAMIDBAR (NUMBERS) 8:1–12:6 HAFTARAH: ZECHARIAH 2:10-4:7 (2:14 IN THE HEBREW BIBLE) A very wise man once told me that “we are in the ministry of reminders”; I believe this is … Read More

Vowing to be Set Apart

Parashat Nasso (Lift Up) Bamidbar (Numbers) 4:21-7:89 Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25 In this week’s Parashah, we read of a very special vow that a person could take upon themselves, which is the vow of the Nazirite: … Read More

Holding to His Promises

Parashat Bamidbar (In the Desert/Wilderness) Numbers 1:1-4:20 Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 (1:10-2:20 in the English Bible) The reality of what took place here in Israel on October 7th and the ensuing war is heartbreaking and tragic. … Read More

Walking the Walk

Parashat Mattot (Tribes) & Masei (Tribes and Journeys) Bamidbar (Numbers) 30:2-32:42 & 33:1-36:13 Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4, 4:1-2 In the Parashah of this week, we read a description of the journeys of the children of … Read More

The Mystery of Grace & Judgment

Parashat Pinchas Bamidbar (Numbers) 25:10-30:1 Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 During the next three weeks, there are special readings from the Haftarah portions called “Between the Mitzarim (Afflictions)”. The term “Between the Mitzarim” can also refer to … Read More

A Stumbling Block

Parashat Balak Bamidbar (Numbers) 22:2–25:9 Haftarah: Micah 5:6–6:8 In this week’s Parashah, we read of the famous story of Balak and Balaam. Balak was the king of Moab and although Hedid not know the God … Read More

History Doesn’t Lie – Part 2

Parashat Chukat (Statute of) Bamidbar (Numbers) 19:1-22:1 Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33 As I prepared to write this week’s commentary, I felt that it is important to repost what I wrote last year with some additional thoughts. … Read More