Sotah: Understanding Change

Confronting a troubling biblical narrative.

What Is Gematria?

Hebrew numerology, and the secrets of the Torah.

Two Halves of a Whole

There is more than one meaning behind the counting in Bamidbar.

Spiritual Lessons of the Desert

The open spaces of the wilderness can help us access inspiration.

Learning From Our Mistakes

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

Surrogate Judaism

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


Numbers 1:1-4:20

Making Sense Of The Census

The prohibition against the direct counting of the Israelites cautions us to remember the human faces behind abstract statistics.

The Torah

Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.