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Numbers 16:1–17:15

Wednesday 06/14/2017
Self-interest transforms good into evil
Posted: June 14, 2017

Shelach, Numbers 13:2-26

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
Parshat Beha’alotcha: Virtues of compromise
Posted: June 07, 2017

What is the primary approach judges should take? In this week’s Torah portion, we learn about the nature of the Sanhedrin and its role in ensuring keen justice for the Jewish people. Indeed, compared to systems of justice that only seek retribution over rehabilitation, Judaism takes a more utilitarian approach. Further, Judaism offers a novel approach; that arguing that compromise is the approach of the wise.

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Thursday 06/01/2017
Internalizing a message
Posted: June 01, 2017

How does one determine whether we have infused into our children or students a proper, strong moral and ethical value? How can we see if the lessons that we taught them during their formative years have had the desired impact?

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Wednesday 05/24/2017
Shavuot Calendar
Updated: May 29, 2017 - 1:20 pm

SUNDAY, MAY 28

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A centuries-old Torah finds its way to Arizona
Posted: May 24, 2017

A Torah created 300 years ago in the Moroccan desert has found its 21st-century home in the deserts of Arizona.

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Just deserts
Posted: May 24, 2017

When we were children, our teachers would provide us with mnemonic devices to recall how to spell different words correctly. Remember the classic: “i before e except after c”? There was another such pedagogic device that I recall regarding the spelling of the words dessert and desert respectively. My teacher taught that “dessert,” that delicious final course of the meal, was spelled with two S’s because we always wanted seconds, whereas when it came to the desert or wilderness, we generally do not want more than one.

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Phoenix clergy travel to Abu Dhabi for interfaith peace forum
Posted: May 24, 2017

A rabbi, an evangelical pastor and an imam walk into a hotel – it sounds like the start of a joke we’ve heard a thousand times before, but this scenario is no joke.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
The lesson of temporary residence
Posted: May 17, 2017

Financial life should be very simple, according to the Torah. That’s because people who don’t own anything have simple financial lives. And according to the Torah, no one actually owns anything! This is not a communist approach, but rather a biblical approach.

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Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian ‘crossroads,’ gets its public debut
Posted: May 17, 2017

Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first time as part of a joint exhibition on the history of the menorah from May 15 to July 23 between the Vatican Museums and the Jewish Museum of Rome.

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The story of Israel’s efficient, high-tech dairy industry
Posted: May 17, 2017

Self-driving cars. Drip irrigation. Missile defense. Milk?

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1,500 attend Chabad Lag B’Omer event
Posted: May 17, 2017

An estimated 1,500 or more people gathered at Castles & Coasters in Phoenix on May 14 for Chabad of Arizona’s community Lag B’Omer celebration.

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
Jewish learning in the digital age
Posted: May 10, 2017

By day, Liora Brosbe is the family engagement officer for the Jewish Federation of the East Bay in Berkeley, California, where she reaches out to the community with a menu of opportunities for “connecting to Jewish life and each other.”

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Lag B’Omer Top 10: From caves to shaves
Posted: May 10, 2017

Lag B’Omer isn’t one of the best-known Jewish holidays — though some may notice that the men whose faces have grown fairly fuzzy following Passover are suddenly clean-shaven again.

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Before you take, think of others
Posted: May 10, 2017

Parshat Emor outlines the “fixed times” of the year – the sacred festivals of the Jewish people. It instructs us to count the seven weeks of seven days between Pesach and Shavuot. This is the Counting of the Omer, the season in which we currently find ourselves.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Roasted foods ideal for Lag b’Omer meals
Posted: May 03, 2017

What holiday is not mentioned in the Torah or anywhere until the 13th century and has no particular foods associated with it? The answer is Lag b’Omer. The Torah commands us to begin on the second night of Passover and count the omer. Omer, which means sheaf, was a measure of grain from the new barley harvest cutting, brought to the Temple on the 16th of Nisan.

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