Scouts, Spies and Fringed Garments The parasha opens with one of the most commonly mistranslated verbs in Numbers, a mistranslation...

Riffraff and Leadership   People complain.  They get dissatisfied, and they complain.  And if you get enough people together,...

Naso – the longest, most repetitive parasha in the whole Tanach. A quick recap:  the parasha opens with the job functions of the...

Shavuoth has been my long-standing favorite holiday – how can one not love a holiday where eating cheesecake is a commandment?  ...

This week, just before Shavuot, I seem to have counting on my mind.  Not that I am taking a calorie census, of course.  I’m...

The Numbering of the Israelites This week’s eponymous parasha opens the penultimate book of the Torah, Bamidbar.  It’s...

Shemittah – any religious Israeli with a garden approaches a shemittah year with a certain amount of dread.  It’s not...

Putting it on the table this Shabbat.