Posts Tagged ‘Moses’

Retro literature. Tehillim the original prayer book.

Weekly Torah Portion – The Original Prayer Book

Parshat V’etchanan: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11; Isaiah 40:1-26. In this week’s Torah portion, we find Moses’ personal prayer, petitioning God for entry into the Land of Israel. Moses prayed to God countless times — but which prayer book did he use? In a synagogue today, you can find all sorts of prayers in the siddur. There are…

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Tom Fox

A Living Museum

Brett Mountain Photographer Local artist Tom Fox has created a wonderland of creativity in his West Bloomfield home. Judi and Tom Fox have filled their West Bloomfield home with more than 400 multi-media artworks completed by one artist — Tom Fox. In a home studio outfitted with specialized equipment acquired over many years, Fox has…

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Shoah Holocaust memorial of shoes

Guest Column: On Tisha b’Av, Remember The Holocaust

We are in the Jewish month of Av, a month of mourning for Jewish people. In the month of Av, we remember the many tragedies that have happened to us. More than 2,000 years ago on the ninth of Av, the first and second Beit HaMikdash, our holy temples, were destroyed, burned with the holy…

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Parshat Mattot/Massei

Weekly Torah Portion – The Importance Of Unification

Parshat Mattot/Massei: Numbers 30:2-36:13; Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4. As the Israelites move closer to conquering the land of Canaan and the land is divided between the 12 tribes of Israel, two of the tribes, Reuven and Gad, ask Moses for permission to settle outside of the land of Israel opposite the Jordan River. Moses considers the…

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Paper stickers with different names on wooden background

Weekly Torah Portion – Names And Consequences

Parshat Korach: Numbers 16:1-18:32; I Samuel 11:14-12:22. I remember when my wife and I were preparing to have our first son. We spent a long time trying to find just the right name; as part of that process, we consulted a Jewish name encyclopedia. It was fascinating to read through the various names with their…

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Engraved illustration from "The Sunday at Home " September 10th 1864

Weekly Torah Portion – Try, Try Again

Parshat Shelach Lecha: Numbers 13:1-15:41; Joshua 2:1-24. In this week’s Torah portion, 12 spies are sent to check out the land God promised the Israelites. Among them is Joshua, Moses’ personal assistant, chosen from the tribe of Ephraim. It was Joshua’s first big solo assignment, his first shot at real leadership. He must have been…

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Weekly Torah Portion – A Road Map For The Journey

Parshat Bamidbar: Numbers 1:1-4:20; Hosea 2:1-22 This Shabbat, we begin the reading of the book of Bamidbar, Numbers, which chronicles much of the journey of the Exodus. We always begin the reading of Bamidbar very close to the holiday of Shavuot, the holiday commemorating the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. While this is…

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The Laws Of Impurity. Torah Portion. Parshat Tazora/Metzora: Leviticus 12:1-15:33; II Kings 7:3-20.

Weekly Torah Portion – The Laws Of Impurity

Parshat Tazora/Metzora: Leviticus 12:1-15:33; II Kings 7:3-20. As we open the Torah this week, we find ourselves reading the double portion of Tazria-Metzora. As the natural continuation of last week’s animal purity laws, Tazria-Metzora continues describing the laws of impurity for humans and our surroundings and then provides the path toward a return to a…

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child counting fingers to show in the census that everyone counts

Everyone Counts

The Constitution requires that a census be performed every 10 years to determine how hundreds of billions in federal dollars are spent each year, reallocate representative seats by population and, of course, collect and share accurate statistical data about persons living in the United States. The 2020 census participation and the accuracy of its data…

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