Parsha Bamidbar: Finding Our Clans

With this week’s parsha, or torah portion, Bamidbar, which means “in the desert”, we begin the fourth book of the Torah, the Book of Numbers. Numbers recounts the Israelites’ forty-year journey through the wilderness. During this time the generation that had been enslaved dies and a new generation matures. This physical journey through the wilderness […]

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Parsha Shoftim: Finding Communion in Responsibility

This week’s parsha is called Shoftim, a Hebrew word meaning “judges.” It might more contemporaneously be called “Law & Order: Sinai,” as in this parsha Moses instructs the people to appoint judges who will administer justice without corruption or favoritism, and law enforcement officers who must meticulously investigate crimes, find credible witnesses, and thoroughly examine […]

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Counting the Omer and Transformation

When thinking about the messages I wanted to share on the financial picture of the JMC, I was constantly drawn back to how well this conversation fits with the Jewish calendar. We are in the counting of the Omer, the liminal space between Passover and Shavuot. Our tradition for this time was an agrarian ritual […]

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Creating Community – Parsha Ki Tavo

The last few paragrahs of this week’s parsha, “Ki Tavo” (in English: “when you enter”) are rather off-putting. Following a discussion of four rituals that the Israelites must obey upon entry into Promised Land, Moses reviews a litany of horrible, horrible curses that the Israelites face if they fail to comply. Numbering in the dozens, […]

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