A Bloody Chapter

ACHACREI MOT – A BLOODY CHAPTER My first trip to Europe was many years ago, but I can still vividly recall two things from those ten days in Spain. The first was my attempt to speak Spanish to the Spaniards. On one occasion this resulted in me thanking a man who wanted to help with […]

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Korach’s Rebellion

Korach’s Rebellion – Not a Well-known Bible Story A story is told about three synagogues that are located on a street in a contemporary, mid-sized city—an Orthodox schul, a Conservative Temple, and a Reform congregation. For a variety of reasons, all three become infested with mice. The question of how best to handle this rodent […]

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Sanctuary: The Cities of Refuge

The Cities of Refuge: Involuntary Manslaughter, Blood-vengeance, and the Concept of Sanctuary You’ve certainly heard this old story: One day an elderly man collapses on a sidewalk near Hollywood, and a crowd quickly gathers around him. The fallen man’s wife calls out frantically, “Is anyone here a doctor?” A tall, well-dressed man steps through the crowd, […]

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Women’s Rights in the Torah

The Daughters of Zelophehad Years ago, when I first heard the story of the Daughters of Zelophehad, my immediate thought was, “Why have I never heard of this before?” Because it certainly appeared to be a well-kept secret! The story—from the book of Numbers —is simple enough: The five daughters of Zelophehad…came forward. They stood […]

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