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with the Parsha Summary in a
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Parashat

Behaalotecha

June 22. 2024

Immorality, idolatry, exploitation, and bigotry, are among the hallmarks of our enemies --

 and likewise, God's enemies.

The Jewish imperatives of righteousness, justice, and altruism, antagonize all aggressors.

These virtues stand in the way of tyranny's designs.

Parashat

Naso

June 15, 2024

In this sedra's BIRKAT KOHANIM/ PRIESTLY BENEDICTION, we read: "May the Lord lift up his face upon you, and give you peace!"

The first petition is for material blessings;

the second is intellectual blessings;

and the third is for spiritual blessings.

True "shalom" (peace, inward harmony and tranquility) can be ours only if we dedicate our material and intellectual blessings to the service of humankind, and the glory of God!

BAMIDBAR (the Book of Numbers), the beginning of the 4th Book of the Torah, and the Shabbat preceding Shavuot, the festival of the giving and acceptance of the Torah.

Bamidbar lets us know that it is the QUALITY of the Jewish people, not their "numbers" (the Greek translation of Bamidbar), that has enabled our people to transcend the vicissitudes of history.

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