My Jewish Learning
Bar Ilan University
30th of April 2011
26th of Nisan, 5771
10th of Ordibehesht 1390
From our apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, we enjoy a glorious view of Riverside Park below and the Hudson River beyond. Overnight, it seems, the trees have once again donned a glorious green canopy of leaves. Gone is the drab garb of winter. Life has surged back with irrepressible vigor and astonishing beauty. Each year I marvel at the swiftness of the scenic change.
A summary of the portion
God tells Moses to give the people a series of ethical
and ritual laws instructing them in how to be holy.
By Nancy Reuben
The Lord has just told Moses to tell the Israelites about the law commanding an annual Day of Atonement and sexual prohibitions. The Lord told Moses, Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them:
You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy. You shall each revere your mother and your father, and keep My Sabbaths. Do not turn to idols or make molten gods for yourselves. I, the Lord, am your God.
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare. You shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I the Lord am your God. Continue
The Israelites Are No Better Than Other Nations
The haftarah selection from Amos opens with a judgment speech against sinful nations. The prophet warns that wicked kingdoms will be wiped off the face of the earth—and that includes the nation of Israel, which God does not think is any better than the Ethiopians, Philistines, or the Arameans. Continue
Praying 'Against' God
Defending the People
Adjustment to the harsh realities of life in the wilderness was not easy for the newly-freed slaves. "The people began to complain.... When God heard, He displayed His anger, and God's fire flared out, consuming the edge of the camp" (Num. 11:1).
The people cried out to Moses for help, and Moses defended them before God. "Moses prayed to God, and the fire died down." Continue
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