Everybody Counts

This Shabbat we begin to read the fourth of the five books of the Chumash, which is called BaMidbar in Hebrew and Numbers in English. BaMidbar literally means “in (the) desert” and refers to the content of much of this book,...

Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land

The first mitzvah we learn about in this week’s parsha is shmittah – the idea that every seven years, the land of Israel should rest from farming. Interestingly, this parsha also begins with an unusual formulation; “וַיְדַבֵּ֤ר הֹ’ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֔ה בְּהַ֥ר סִינַ֖י...

Bear or Man?

There is an interesting TikTok phenomenon going on right now of people asking/answering the following question:  If your daughter was alone in the wilderness, would you rather that she encounter a bear or an unknown man?  It seems like a straightforward question, but...

The Exodus and Us

Is it a coincidence that the Hebrew word for evil is ra and that Ra just so happens to be the most powerful of the Egyptian gods (the very one that pharaohs were often said to be incarnations of)? Many academic scholars argue that it is not! Indeed, the fact that...

The Value of Clean Speech

Parshat Tazria deals with the mysterious ailment of tzaraat. Though often translated into English as something similar to leprosy, it is unclear what this skin-whitening condition actually is. One thing, though, is clear. The cause of tzaraat is...