Category Archive: Bamidbar

Jul 12

Still No Response!

During the week, I had the opportunity to attend a Siyum – a celebration of the completion of an entire tractate of the Talmud – a great accomplishment by the students of Yeshiva Bais Moshe in Scranton. During the dinner, Rabbi Yaacov Schnaidman, dean of the school spoke and shared the following insight. With the …

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Jul 05

Two Stories!

When our leader Moshe realized that under no circumstances would G-d allow him to enter the Land of Israel, he immediately sought a replacement for himself. G-d then instructed him to appoint his faithful student Yehoshua – Joshua as leader. For the induction – Semicha – ceremony, G-d instructed Moshe to place one hand upon …

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Jun 28

Animal Rites!

In this week’s Parsha, the Torah describes that Balak, the King of Moav, tried mightily to cajole the non-Jewish prophet Bilaam to utilize his powers to curse the Jews. It wasn’t that Bilaam needed convincing to curse the Jews for he shared the same hatred towards them. The sticking point was that Bilaam had his …

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