A Special Vow

Parashat Nasso (Lift Up) Bamidbar (Numbers) 4:21–7:89 Haftarah: Judges 13:2–25 In this week’s Parasha, we read of a very special vow that a person can take upon him or herself: Again the LORD spoke to Moses, … Read More

A Future Peace

Parashat Bamidbar (In the Desert/Wilderness) Bamidbar (Numbers) 1:1–4:20 Haftarah: Hosea 2:1–22 (1:10–2:20 in the English Bible) In Hebrew, the Book of Numbers is called במדבר״ ״ which actually means “In the Desert (Wilderness)”.  It recounts … Read More

Whom Can We Trust?

Parashat Mattot (Tribes) & Masei (Journeys) Bamidbar (Numbers) 30:2–32:42 & 33:1–36:13 We live in a world of much uncertainty: the unstable political climate, the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recession in the global economy, etc. I hear … Read More

The Price of Unbelief

Parashat Pinchas Bamidbar (Numbers) 25:10–30:1 In our weekly reading we read, “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Among these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names’” (Numbers … Read More

Right Perspective

Parashat Balak Bamidbar (Numbers) 22:2–25:9 In our weekly portion one reads the famous account of Balaam and his donkey as they were on their way to Balak, the King of Moav: So Balaam arose in … Read More

Unwavering Faith

Parashat Chukat (Statute of) Bamidbar (Numbers) 19:1–22:1 It’s easy to criticize people and situations when we’re far removed from them, isn’t it? This is especially true when we read the Bible! As I was reading … Read More

Aaron’s Rod

Parashat Korach Bamidbar (Numbers) 16:1–18:32 As we read the book of Numbers, we find a common thread of the children of Israel complaining against and challenging God and His elected leaders — Moses, Aaron, and … Read More

Re-focus Your Gaze

Parashat Shelach (Send Forth) Bamidbar (Numbers) 13:1–15:41 This week’s parasha reminded me once again of how important it is to keep our eyes and minds fixed on the LORD! Chapters 13 and 14 of the … Read More

Take Every Thought Captive

Parashat Behaalot’ha (When You Kindle) Bamidbar (Numbers) 8:1–12:6 As I was preparing to write the blog this week, I kept returning to the same Scripture again and again, which is Numbers 12:1. It is a … Read More

The Privilege of a Blessing

Parashat Nasso (Lift Up) Bamidbar (Numbers) 4:21–7:89 In our reading this week, we find a very special prayer and blessing which is possibly one of the most well-known blessings, known as the Priestly blessing, or … Read More