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Jun 15, 2018, 11:39 PM
Greatness from Goodness
Sampson had last two consecutive Senatorial campaigns. He had a couple of liabilities that challenged his aptitude for political victory. First, he seemed to care more about better outcomes for his constituency - making sure the wrong person didn’t...
Jun 15, 2018, 7:07 PM
On Torah, Catching Settlers in Palestinian Fields, and Destroying Palestinian Trees
What can the Torah teach about the connection between the settler shepherd I caught last Sunday grazing his flock in a Palestinian field, and settlers destroying Palestinian trees the previous day (Shabbat), as soldiers watched and waited for the...
Jun 15, 2018, 8:35 AM
A Tale of Two Households
It was a time of wisdom; it was a time of folly. It was a study in contrasts, as two individuals emerged and had a profound influence, one positive and the other negative, on the fate of others. One awesome...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jun 15, 2018, 12:43 AM
What goes around comes around
The Haftara from Shmuel Alef, 11:14-12:22 is a good match for Parshat Korach for a few reasons. One reason is that both the Torah and Haftara readings deal with leaders who defend themselves using almost the same words. In Parsha Korach,...
Jun 14, 2018, 5:59 PM
Korach and the abandonment of God’s mission [Parshat Korach]
Why didn’t the Israelites rise up against the rebels who dared defy Moses, the selfless man of God who gave up a luxurious and carefree life as Prince of Egypt in order to liberate a slave people from tyranny? Reading...
Jun 14, 2018, 2:22 PM
The Heart of Conflict
The optics were astounding, the words remarkable – the unpredictable President Trump and his spurring partner “Rocket Man”, smiling, walking alongside each other, talking peace and compromise. For now at least, this enduring and deep conflict in Korea appears...
Jun 14, 2018, 2:21 PM
The first populist
When leaders claim to speak with the one true voice of the people, assume they are the enemy of freedom (Korach)
Jun 14, 2018, 10:42 AM
‘Stand Tall’ Parashat Korach 5778
Korach’s rebellion has reached the point of no return. Moshe has tried to convince Korach and his co-conspirators, Dathan and Aviram, to back down, but he is unsuccessful. Moshe tells the people to stand back and to take cover...
Nathan Lopes Cardozo
Jun 13, 2018, 2:41 PM
Parashat Korach: The Curse of Camouflaged Jealousy
... And the Blessing of Enjoying the Achievements of Others ויקהלו על משה ועל אהרן ויאמרו אלהם רב לכם כי כל העדה כלם קדשים ובתוכם י-ה-ו-ה ומדוע תתנשאו על קהל יהוה They assembled against Moses and Aaron, and said to them,...
Jun 13, 2018, 1:15 AM
Korach: The Posture of Prayer
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.-John Bunyan Jewish prayer is filled with a variety of different body positions and movements that to the uninitiated may seem confusing. We sit, we...