How to Model Genuine Curiosity
In this Torah portion, the biblical character Pinchas shows us how to engender more positive relationships.
The Spiritual Trauma of Taking a Life
How the kosher practice of waiting between meat and dairy reminds us of Moses' discomfort with violence.
Coping with Complexity
Awareness of the wholeness in the Torah opens our eyes to the wholeness of the world.
Living in Balance
What accounts for the negative correlation between material excess and awareness of the Divine?
Journeying with the Divine
Every step of the Israelites' journey is framed in relation with God.
Some Messages Are Hard To Deliver
The severity of the war against the Midianites should motivate us to examine our own behavior and root out our own forms of idolatry.
The laws of vows and the rabbinic cautions against making them teach the holiness and power of the spoken word.
The war against Midian teaches that when Israel does fight wars, they must fight with compassion and a minimum of casualties.