* Torah and Haftarah * May 23rd. 2015

Parashat B'midbar

Moses conducts a census of the
 Israelites; God describes the
 unique duties of the Kohath 
family of priests.
God told Moses to, "Take a total count of the entire 
community of the sons of Israel according to their 
families, according to their father’s house, counting 
the names of all males twenty years old and upward."


Rav Kook Torah

Bamidbar — Numbers

Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook in London (1916)

Experience has shown me how correct my path is in practice, just as it is beautiful in theory.(Letters vol. II, p. 15)

Though betrayed by Israel's unfaithfulness,
 God will reconcile with the people like a
 husband who cannot stop loving his wife.

The haftarah selection is from Hosea 2:1-22.

The haftarah for Parashat B’midbar, from the Book
of Hosea, is a prophecy of redemption. In the
 opening verses, God promises that the people of 
Israel will one day be as multitudinous as the sands
of the sea. They will be recognized as being children 
of the living God, and Judah and Israel will assemble 
together, unified under one leader.


Shavuot begins at sunset on 

May 23 and ends on the

 evening of May 25.

Why is it customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot? Some 
derive the practice directly from scripture, saying we 
eat dairy to symbolize the "land flowing with milk and 
honey" promised to the Israelites, or that "milk and 
honey are under your tongue" (Song of Songs 4:11). Try 
this custom out this year—Shavuot begins at sunset on 
May 23 and ends on the evening of May 25.


Thank you for watching

 Shavua tove 

שבוע טוב וחג השבועות שמח

and have a Happy Holidays

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