Weekly Torah Portion

Well, the fighting here goes on. Every fifteen minutes or so there is something new online, on TV or radio, which moves, angers, saddens, frustrates, or scares us all, as well as so much which makes us very proud. This week's parsha, Masei, which is all about entering, fighting for, and settling the Land of Israel, certainly connects pretty seamlessly with our situation.


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With the fighting still going on between Israel and Hamas, I want to share with you an interesting parallel between an argument taking place right now between left and right wing commentators and a verse from parshat Matot, as it is understood by an older commentator, Rashi. We'll work our way backwards, and start by looking at this video from Dennis Prager.
The Parsha of Pinchas begins immediately after Pinchas, at the end of last week's parsha, killed Zimri, the head of the tribe of Shimon, and Kosbi, a Midianite princess, who were publicly having sex.
I was considering not writing anything this week.

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