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Matot-Masei

Posted on July 9th, 2018

Numbers 30:2–36:13 


D'VAR TORAH BY:  RABBI VERED L. HARRIS for ReformJudaism.org


Changing the Plan in a Holy Way


For the final parashah of the Book of Numbers, imagine we are with our ancestors on the east side of the Jordan River. This week is a double portion of Matot/Mas’ei. The episode we will explore begins in Numbers 32 in Matot.


The tribes of Reuben and Gad owned a lot of cattle. They saw the regions of Jazer and Gilad, outside of the Promised Land, were good for cattle. Representatives from Reuben and Gad went to Moses, Eleazer the priest, and the chieftains of the community to ask permission to settle outside of the Promised Land.


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Pinchas

Posted on July 2nd, 2018

Numbers 25:10−30:1 

 

BY:  RABBI VERED L. HARRIS for ReformJudaism.org


Their Father’s Sin Is Not Their Own


The popular use of ancestry websites speaks to our curiosity about where we come from and the history of our families. Some of us want genetic information for medical reasons. Others want a connection to the past: What did our ancestors do for a living? Where did they live? Is there anything in our lives that resembles those who came before us? Placing ourselves as a link in a chain of ancestors can both satisfy curiosities and add meaning to our lives. It may also remind us that we are a link in connecting the chain to the future.

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Balak

Posted on June 25th, 2018

Numbers 22:2−25:9 

 

RABBI VERED L. HARRIS for ReformJudaism.org


Distracted by Blessing


In this week’s Torah portion, Balak, the king of Moab, Balak, is afraid that the Israelites’ encampment will ravish his land. He sends emissaries to a diviner named Balaam with the intent of hiring him to stop the Israelites. A summary of their encounter demonstrates a classic misunderstanding:

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