Parashat Chukat-Balak

Parashat Chukat-Balak: The Importance of Place

Talking about the death and burial of those who came before us can also make it a bit easier to talk about the mortality of those close to us.

The Lost Years

The meaning, relationships and transformations that individuals and a nation make in-between milestones.

The ‘Worst’ Torah Portion

Worlds are created -- and destroyed -- through words.

The Call of the Void

The famed red heifer is a key part of a biblical purification process. But why do we need laws to create a system of purity and impurity in the first place?


Jealousy can paralyze us and force us to define ourselves by another person's successes.

Why Words Can Hurt

Just as words can push people apart, so too can they bring us closer.

Bullying and Name Calling

In his anger, Moses uses a destructive label for his people in public.

Open Your Eyes

The prophet Balaam's curse, which becomes a blessing, is a reflection of the relationship between God and the Israelites.

Wise Choices and Strong Internal Resources

Balak: A resource for families