This week’s parshah, Korach, shows us the first instance of a rebellion within the people. Korach incites hundreds of people to revolt against Moses and Aaron. He argues that since God speaks to everyone directly, he is as holy as Moses. He throws in a few ‘should have left us in Egypt’ nostalgia soundbites to
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This week’s Torah portion, Shlach, describes the twelve spies that Moses sent into Israel. Two of them brought back a positive and encouraging report, while ten of them spoke negatively. Ultimately, this event adds forty years to Israel’s wanderings in the desert. But amidst Moses’ great plan that went awry, we learn two important details
This week’s Torah portion, Naso, describes a Nazirite, someone who takes an oath of spiritual devotion to God. The oath triggers the laws we read about: it must be for a defined amount of time, for the duration, the person cannot cut their hair, nor drink wine (or anything fermented), nor engage in rituals of
This Shabbat we start reading the book of Numbers, in Hebrew, Bamidbar. We also move immediately after Shabbat into celebrating the holiday of Shavuot, the celebration of receiving the Torah at Sinai. While we’re excited to begin reading the next book of our Torah, we need to take a moment to notice the relationships between
Rachael’s Centre wishes you and your family a Happy Shavuot!To help celebrate we have put together some great resources, recipes and videos. Chag Sameach and Happy Shavuot! What to do on Shavuot When You’re Lactose Intolerant Chabad.org recipies https://www.chabad.org/recipes/recipe_cdo/aid/32627/jewish/Shavuot-Recipes.htm Printable Shavuot Study Material from Chabad.org https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/4754937/jewish/Printable-Shavuot-Study-Material.htm Kid-Friendly Crafts for Shavuot from PJLibrary.org https://pjlibrary.org/beyond-books/pjblog/may-2013/kid-friendly-mt-sinai-crafts-for-shavuot We wish
This week’s parsha, Bechukotai, is one of those sections of Torah we’d prefer to skim. It paints two extreme pictures of a future. If we live by the rules of Covenant, we will flourish, but if we do not…. The list of curses to befall the nation are bone chilling. The obvious question remains one