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Torah Talk for Parashat Korach

This week’s parasha is about the rebellion of Korach and his men against Moshe and Aharon, whom they felt should not be the heads of the Jewish people. The rebellion failed miserably, and Korach and his men are “swallowed by the earth” in an earthquake. Hashem then instructs Aharon regarding laws of the priesthood. The parasha opens by introducing the people involved in the rebellion, including Korach the son of Yitzhar, Datan and Aviram the …

June 12, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Shlach

In this parasha, Moshe sends scouts to explore the Land of Israel; ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult to conquer the land; Hashem responds to their lack of confidence by punishing Bnei Yisrael with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. The people are given the commandments of meal offerings, libations [liquid offerings], challah [an offering of dough], and tzitit [fringes on four-cornered garments]. The maftir of this parasha …

June 5, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Beha’alotecha

In this parasha, the Bnei Yisrael receive instructions regarding Pesach; they journey forth from Sinai and complain to God on several occasions, provoking God’s anger; Miriam and Aaron speak against Moshe. The episode of Miriam and Aharon speaking against Moshe sounds like something any of us might involve ourselves in. Read more >

May 30, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Naso

In this parasha, Hashem outlines the service of the Gershon family of Levi’im (Levites), gives the laws relating to the sotah (suspected adulteress) and the nazir (nazirite), and describes to Moshe and Aharon the birkat cohanim (priestly blessing); the heads of tribes bring gifts to the Mishkan (Tabernacle). An interesting mitzvah, derived from this parasha, addresses not the cohanim or levi’im alone, but all of us. Chapter 5, verses 6 and 7 state: “Speak to …

May 23, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Bemidbar

In this parasha, Moshe conducts a census of the Israelites and the Levites, and sets up the structure of the wilderness encampment; Hashem describes the unique duties of the Kehati family from which the cohanim (priests) come. This week’s parasha, Bemidbar, begins the fourth of the five Books of Moses. The book of Bemidbar focuses on the forty years of the Israelites’ wanderings in the wilderness. The Israelites’ camp was set up as follows: in …

May 15, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Behar-Bechukotai

In these parashot, Hashem tells Moshe to instruct the people in the laws of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years, as well as how to relate to those in the community who become impoverished. Hashem then enumerates the rewards for keeping the commandments and the punishments for violating them; the laws of tithes are listed. Parashat Behar begins with no fewer than six references to the number “seven.” Read more >

May 8, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Emor

In this parasha, Hashem gives Moshe a series of laws specific to the cohanim (priests); Hashem then instructs Moshe to tell the people about the festivals, in addition to the laws of blasphemy and murder. Maimonides (12th Century Spain/Egypt), in his introduction to his Mishneh Torah, a code of Jewish law, writes about different kinds of laws that one finds in the Talmud. One of the categories he identifies is laws whose meaning is not …

May 1, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

In these parashot, Hashem instructs Moshe regarding the procedures for Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement); Hashem then tells Moshe to give the people a series of ethical and ritual laws instructing them on how to be holy. MILTON’s core value of m’dor l’dor, “from generation to generation,” is reflected in this week’s parashot. The following appears in Parashat Kedoshim regarding the older generation (19:32): “You shall rise before the aged, and honor the face of …

April 24, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Tazria-Metzora

In these parashot, Hashem instructs Moshe on the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth, describes to Moshe and Aharon the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with tzara’at (usually translated as leprosy) and the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with leprosy, and instructs Moshe and Aharon on the laws regarding emission of bodily fluids. The Torah does not make clear exactly why a person becomes afflicted with tzara’at. Read more >

April 17, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Shemini

After the dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the ordination of the cohanim (priests), two of Aharon’s sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire; God then instructs Moshe and Aharon regarding which animals, fish, and birds may be eaten by the Bnei Yisrael. At the end of the story of the deaths of two of Aharon’s sons, the text says that “Aharon was silent.” The phrase used – vayidom Aharon – is …

April 10, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|