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Jun 17, 2021, 5:52 PM
Joyful rebuke and destructive anger
"Moshe and Aaron assembled the congregation in front of the rock; and he said to them, 'Listen, you rebels, shall we get water for you out of this rock?'” (Bamidbar 20,10). In only a matter of a few pages, 40...
Jun 10, 2021, 11:45 PM
Is Korach a rebel or a Rebbe?
"They gathered against Moshe and Aharon and said to them, 'You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, all of them, and the Lord is in their midst. Why then do you raise yourselves above the...
Jun 4, 2021, 12:08 AM
Calev, Miriam, and the Language of Faith
"Calev hushed the people before Moshe and said, 'Let us by all means go up, and we shall gain possession of it, for we shall surely overcome it,'" (Bamidbar 13,30). The infamous sin of the spies; this week we read...
May 27, 2021, 10:51 AM
Parshat Beha’alotcha: Don’t Try Walking in My Shoes
“They said, ‘Has the Lord spoken only through Moshe? Has He not spoken through us as well?’ And the Lord heard” (Bamidbar 12,2). It’s been a long time since we read about a good old-fashioned family feud. From the time...
May 20, 2021, 12:35 AM
The bridge between heaven and earth
“May the Lord bless you and guard you. May God shine His face upon you, and bestow you with grace. May God lift His face upon you, and bring you peace,” (Bamidbar 6, 24-26). There’s a famous story about Birkat...
May 14, 2021, 12:58 AM
Where did the sons of Moshe go?
“This is the lineage of Aaron and Moshe at the time that the Lord spoke with Moshe on Mount Sinai” (Bamidbar 3,1). As we open the Book of Bamidbar, we should be familiar with Aaron’s four sons. Back in Parshat...
May 7, 2021, 12:33 AM
Swallowing the Bitter Pill of Rebuke
"I will remember in their favor the covenant with the elders, whom I freed from the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God: I, the Lord" (Vayikra 26, 45). Though I usually look forward...
Apr 29, 2021, 7:56 PM
Longing for a new Torah
“And from the day on which you bring the Omer offering—the day after the sabbath — you shall count off seven complete weeks” (Vayikra 23:15). When my wife was a teacher at a non-Jewish charter school in Philadelphia, every time...
Apr 23, 2021, 8:11 AM
What Does it Mean to be a Holy Person?
You shall not curse the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind. You shall fear your God: I am the Lord” (Vayikra 19, 14). Parshat Kedoshim opens with a simple statement: Be holy. Why? Because I the Lord...
Apr 9, 2021, 12:00 PM
The Sin of Misplaced Spontaneity
Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu each took his fire pan, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered before the Lord a strange fire, which He had not commanded of them,” (Vayikra 10:1). Though we may...
Rabbi Yonatan Udren is the Co-Director of the RRG Beit Midrash at the Hebrew University Hillel, which offers Jewish educational programming for overseas and Israeli Hebrew University students from all backgrounds and denominations.