Weekly Torah Commentary
Balaam Versus Pinchas
Pinchas saw the relationship of an Israelite and a Midianite as a curse--but perhaps he, like Balaam, could have turned it into a blessing.
Distance and Proximity
The story of King Balak and Balaam demonstrates that truly seeing others is what allows fears to dispel.
Responding to Thirst
Moses' frustration and fatigue were no excuse for his refusal to accept the people's cry for help.
Preparing for an Unknown Future
The Torah law about the red heifer was given because it anticipated the temporal nature and limitation of what Miriam had to offer.
Crises of Leadership
Are we more worried about our own egos than about the Jewish people as a whole?
Authority and Dissent
The Torah articulates norms about legitimate dissent and authority's reasonable response to it.
The Blue of the Ocean, the Sky and the Tzitzit
Our relationship with the Divine must also encompass a relationship with the world that surrounds us.
A Focus on the Here and Now
The nostalgic memories we have of the past may seem appealing -- but they require closer inspection.
Our Covenantal Responsibilities
This week's portion reminds us of our sacred obligations to those who are still languishing in oppression.