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Torah Dialogue Chukat-Balak

07/01/2020 04:41:51 PM

Jul1

Rabbi Edward Davis

SHABBAT SHALOM. Today is 12 Tammuz 5780. Kiddush Levanah can be said tonight. The fast of Shiva Assar B’Tammuz is this Thursday, beginning the Three Weeks.

TORAH  DIALOGUE CHUKAT-BALAK Numbers 19:1

1.    I have written before about an effort in Israel to develop a Red Cow. Rabbi Richman, who had been involved with the Temple Institute (he left there in January 2020) was heavily involved with a...Read more...

Q&A: Parshiyot Chukat-Balak 5780

07/01/2020 04:33:52 PM

Jul1

Rabbi Edward Davis

From the Text
1. What happened to the Red Cow? (19:5)
2. How did Moshe err and hit the rock to get water? (20:8)
3. Where did Aharon die and where is he buried ? (20:22)
4. What two kings did Moshe and Bnei Yisrael defeat on their way to the Promised Land? (21:22-35)
5. How many sacrifices did Balak end up offering to Hashem? (Chapter 23)
From Rashi
6. What is the standard definition of a “Chok”? (19:2)
7....Read more...

Q&A: Parshat Korach

06/24/2020 02:20:49 PM

Jun24

Rabbi Edward Davis

From the Text 
1. Who are the three ringleaders of the rebellion? (16:1)
2. What test did Moshe propose in order to determine who is the Kohen Gadol? (16:6,7)
3. How did the 250 rebels die? (16:35)
4. What did Hashem command Moshe to do with those incense pans? (17:3)
5. How many Jews died by the plague that Hashem sent after the rebellion? (17:14)
From Rashi
6. What question did Korach pose to Moshe (to prove...Read more...

Torah Dialogue Korach

06/24/2020 02:11:26 PM

Jun24

Rabbi Edward Davis

SHABBAT SHALOM. Today is 5 Tammuz 5780. We say Kiddush Levanah tonight, moon-willing.

TORAH DIALOGUE 
KORACH   
Numbers 16:1

1.    Korach was a very smart man, and he was quite wealthy as well. So why is he risking it all by leading a rebellion? Much is written to get an insight in Korach’s thinking. The Midrash raises a solid point in Korach’s position. The firstborn males were...Read more...

Q&A: Parshat Shelach

06/18/2020 03:23:09 PM

Jun18

Rabbi Edward Davis (RED)

From the Text

1. Whose idea was it to send spies to the Promised Land? (13:2 and Devarim 1:22)
2. Where in the Text does Yehoshua regain his first name of Hoshea?
3. How long was the Spy Mission in the Land? (13:25)
4. Who was the one spy who confronted the other spies on the mission? (13:30)
5. Noting the inferiority the spies considered themselves to be, how did they view themselves in the eyes of the Canaanites?...Read more...

Torah Dialogue: Parshat Shelach

06/18/2020 03:05:45 PM

Jun18

Rabbi Edward Davis (RED)

SHABBAT SHALOM. Today is 28 Sivan 5780. We bensch Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, which will be this Monday and Tuesday. The Molad (the re-appearance of the moon) will be early Sunday morning (Saturday night) at 12:26am and 14 chalakim (about 47 seconds), Jerusalem time. We omit Av HaRachamim.

TORAH DIALOGUE

1.     In Parshat Devarim Moshe wrote that it was the people’s idea to send a Spy Mission into the Promised Land....Read more...

Fri, July 3 2020 11 Tammuz 5780