Parashat Nasso

Pushing the Law Forward

Halacha and social equality today.

Learning From Our Mistakes

We do not need to suffer through devastating consequences in order to learn how to live differently.

A Blessing for an Activist Community

Inspired by the priestly benediction.

The Priestly Benediction

Those who link themselves with God and the people of Israel will indeed be blessed.

Surrogate Judaism

Some try to "outsource" their Judaism, but this approach has severe limits.

Punishment To Fit The Crime And The Confession

The biblical approach stands in sharp contrast to American federal sentencing guidelines.

Pure And Unadulterated, Sotah And Rabbi Meir

A midrash on the Sotah ritual emphasizes the lengths to which we go to bring peace between spouses.

Parashat Nasso: Summary

God describes the service of the Gershon family of Levites; laws relating to the suspected adulteress and the nazirite are given; God tells Moses and Aaron the priestly blessing; the heads of tribes bring gifts to the Tabernacle.

Human Vessels For Blessing

By asking the priests to bless the people, God gives them an opportunity to serve as role models of caring for the people.

The Service Of Song

The duty of the Levites to accompany the Tabernacle service with music and song reminds us to serve God with joy.