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Michael S. Diamond
Jul 30, 2018, 11:34 PM
Cold Comfort in Hot Times: Torah portion Matot/Masei
End of the week, the dark moon of a father's comfort, midway through the three weeks of admonition, nine days before the spiritual nadir of the year, the Temple is about to be destroyed. No music, no marriages, no...
Jul 13, 2018, 6:08 PM
“No matter how much you want to dismiss it as an accident, I still feel responsible for it, and I am.” She cried, “I hit him! Why does nobody understand this?” Maryann Gray struggled to express the torment that...
Shira Pasternak Be'eri
Jul 12, 2018, 10:36 PM
What Zelophehad's daughters teach us about agunot
When humans can't figure out how to apply God's law, relying on principles of compassion and equality can't go wrong
Jul 12, 2018, 6:52 PM
Miles to go before I sleep (Matot-Masai 5778)
If we didn't pause, we'd burn out, but we can't stop for long, for life is built from challenges and change
Jul 12, 2018, 11:27 AM
‘Palm Springs’ Parashat Mattot-Masaei 5778
Am Yisrael camped at 42 different locations during their 40-year sojourn in the Sinai Dessert. These campsites are enumerated one-by-one in the opening verses of Parashat Masaei. Nearly all of the campsites appear in an identical template: “They journeyed...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jul 12, 2018, 12:06 AM
Why should we specifically settle Israel?
In Parshat Masei (Bamidbar33:53) we are commanded: “Drive out the inhabitants of the land and settle in it, because I have given this land to you to possess.” Ramban (Nachmanides) believes that it is a positive commandment to dwell in...
Jul 11, 2018, 12:42 AM
Masei and the Journey of Our Lives
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ernest Hemingway Imagine yourself on a commuter train. It is a train you journey each and every weekday, day...
Jul 9, 2018, 11:42 PM
Matot-Masai: Your money or your family
If money is all that a man makes, then he will be poor. Poor in happiness and poor in all that makes life worth living. -Herbert N. Casson The nation of Israel had just vanquished two major kingdoms on the...
Jul 23, 2017, 10:10 AM
Each Stop Along the Way
In 2013, the New York Times Magazine ran a cover story on breast cancer, which included the incredible statistic that, since 1972, only a half percent of all grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute focused on metastatic cancer....
Jul 21, 2017, 11:44 PM
Sometimes True Power Isn’t Using It
This week's Torah portion (Matot/Mas'ey) can teach us a lesson about the incendiary events on the Temple Mount/Haram Al Sharif. Firstly, we are exposed to how the Torah permits women to be seen as property subjugated to men. If...