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Health, Nutrition & Torah: Balak

| June 23, 2010

The Text: Numbers 24:5-7 “How fair are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwellings, O Israel!” The blessing was intended to be a curse by Balaam but it emerged instead as a blessing.  It is the source for the prayer Mah Tovu, recited daily upon entering a synagogue. The Context: This Torah portion recalls the unusual Read More

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Sharing Love, Sharing Justice

| June 18, 2010

One year ago, Mark Bernstein and Carolyn Weiss shared their love for each other with friends and family at their wedding. They also shared their passion for tzedakah, encouraging their guests to give in their honor to MAZON instead of bring physical gifts. In fact, this pursuit is what brought the couple together. Here is Read More

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Health, Nutrition & Torah: Chukat

| June 16, 2010

The Text: Numbers 20:2-5 “The community was without water, and they joined against Moses and Aaron.  “The people quarreled with Moses, saying, “If only we had perished when our brothers perished at the instance of YHVH!  Why have you brought the YHVH’s congregation into this wilderness for us and our beasts to die there? …There Read More

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D’var Torah: Chukkat

| June 14, 2010

This week’s parsha is called Chukkat. The meaning of this word is ‘decree’ or ‘rule’, and refers to instructions – the rules of a sacrifice, specifically the rules regarding the sacrifice of the red heifer, an animal that does not exist in our world today. This sacrifice was at once unique: the animal itself was Read More

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