Bamidbar

Bamidbar 5774 – Finding God in the Wilderness

May 22, 2014
Bamidbar 5774 – Finding God in the Wilderness

And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai …Numbers 1:1 Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been spending a lot of time in the desert lately. My 35th day on the Israel Trail, back in February, was my first “real day in the desert.” I’ve now spent 8 days...
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Bamidbar 5771 — A matter of the heart

May 25, 2011

This d’var Torah was written for and first published on the Rabbis for Human Rights web site. “And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai” …Numbers 1:1 Open? Or closed? Gather more information? Or is your mind made up already? Heart of stone? Or heart of flesh? This week we begin...
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Bamidbar 5767 — Dedication Weekend

May 22, 2007

Before sharing my d’var Torah from this past Shabbat, I just want to say we had an amazing weekend of dedication events for our new building–from a "sing out Shabbat" Friday night, to Shabbat services, to the setting of the time capsule Sunday morning to the dedication concert Sunday night, it was an amazing...
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Bamidbar 5766 — The Da Vinci Code, 603,550 men in the desert, and heresy

May 26, 2006

The DaVinci code is a heretical movie. At least from the point of view of the Catholic church. From a Jewish perspective, on the other hand, if the DaVinci Code’s take on Jesus is correct, it would make Jesus a figure much more acceptable to Jews. In case you’ve been living in a cave...
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Bamidbar 5765 — Deep Throat

May 22, 2005

 Thirty two years ago, journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein had clandestine meetings in a Washington DC parking garage with a highly placed source known as “Deep Throat.” Real cloak and dagger stuff—they arranged meetings with signals like leaving a flowerpot in a particular window, or circling the page number of a particular page...
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Bamidbar 5764 – Torah and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

May 22, 2004

 Do you remember learning the Second Law of Thermodynamics in high school? I remember when I learned it—I thought it explained a lot of things, like the way my room looked when I was a teenager. For those who may have forgotten, the Second Law of Thermodynamics basically says that the universe prefers disorder to order. Energy...
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