The Torah’s Lessons for Building Communities

The Torah’s Lessons for Building Communities

May 31, 2008 By Charles Savenor | Commentary | Bemidbar

Bemidbar, the fourth book of the Torah, opens with a demographic and geographic description of the Children of Israel.

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Finding Direction to Move Forward with God

Finding Direction to Move Forward with God

May 23, 2014 By Matthew Berkowitz | Commentary | Bemidbar

This Shabbat opens the fourth book of Torah known as Sefer Bemidbar, the book of Numbers.

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Our Sacred Partnerships

Our Sacred Partnerships

May 27, 2011 By Mychal Springer | Commentary | Bemidbar

In this week’s Torah and haftarah portions, the specter of rupture looms repeatedly. First, we are reminded of the deaths of Aaron’s two older sons, Nadav and Avihu. Similarly, our parashah recounts the undoing of the sacred place held by the firstborn sons, chosen to be dedicated to God when they were saved from the 10th plague, the plague of the slaying of the firstborns. Finally, in the haftarah, Hosea tells the story of Israel the Unfaithful, through the vehicle of Gomer, his harlot-wife.

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A Slow Walk to Freedom

A Slow Walk to Freedom

May 8, 2013 By Matthew Berkowitz | Commentary | Bemidbar

With this coming Shabbat, we begin the fourth book of Torah known as the book of Numbers or Bemidbar.

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How Do You Measure a Year?

How Do You Measure a Year?

May 8, 2013 By Abigail Treu | Commentary | Bemidbar | Shavuot

We are doing an awful lot of counting this week: we count the final days of the Omer, and, as our parashah begins, take the census of the Israelite community. What does all of this counting have to do with the ways in which we measure what really matters?

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The Wilderness Speaks

The Wilderness Speaks

May 22, 2015 By Daniel Nevins | Commentary | Bemidbar

The summer after graduating college, I went backpacking with a friend in North Cascades National Park in Washington. The sun shone brightly on Lake Chelan as we were ferried deep into the woods, landing at the little outpost of Stehekin to begin our weeklong trek. It was a euphoric beginning, but soon both the weather and my mood grew darker. 

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Bemidbar

Bemidbar

Jan 1, 1980

1 The number of the people of Israel shall be like that of the sands of the sea, which cannot be measured or counted; and instead of being told, “You are Not-My-People,” they shall be called Children-of-the-Living-God.

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Bemidbar

Bemidbar

Jan 1, 1980

1 On the first day of the second month, in the second year following the exodus from the land of Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting, saying:

2 Take a census of the whole Israelite community by the clans of its ancestral houses, listing the names, every male, head by head.

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