Numbers 8:1-12:16

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The Israelites receive instructions regarding Passover. They journey forth from Sinai and complain to God on several occasions, provoking God’s anger. Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses.

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God explains the laws of Passover.

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Jews March On
Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hillel
Power Sharing
Sam Shonkoff, AJWS
Craving Perspective
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL
Internal & External Change
Rabbi Elliot Kukla, AJWS
What We Do Matters Most
Rabbi Elaine Zecher, Union for Reform Judaism
Our Covenental Responsibilities
Devorah Marcus, AJWS
Beyond Fear
Nina Wouk, socialaction.com
Cultivating Cravings
Jon Greenberg, Canfei Nesharim

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Trying to Remember the Reason I Forgot
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University
A Caretaker’s Prayer
Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Women of Reform Judaism 
How the Trouble Began
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union
The Trumpet Blasts
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Big Tent Judaism
Sometimes, There Are Second Chances
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, JTS
Words That Wound
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, CLAL
Leaving Childhood Behind
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships
The Connection & Stability of Blessing
Renanit Levy, UJA-Federation of New York

Family and Fun

Parashat B’ha’alotkha for Families
Torah Topics for Today
Appreciating What You Have
Torah Topics for Today
Igniting Curiosity’s Flame
Torah Topics for Today
Parashat B’ha’alotkha Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Parashat B’ha’alotkha Challah
Julie Seltzer

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