Torah Reading — 20 Adar 5777 — 18 March 2017

Ki Tisa: Exodus 30:11 — 34:35 כי תשאפרשת  Fifty-fifty Every Israelite had to give half a shekel (Ex. 30:13). What is a shekel? The Torah explains, “The shekel is 20 gerahs”. Moses must have had a problem with the mathematics, because the sages say (Shek. 4b) that God displayed a coin of fire to show…

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Torah Reading — 7 Tammuz 5777 — 1 July 2017

Chukat: Numbers 19:1 — 22:1 חקתפרשת  What the people saw   Then the text goes on to say that the people saw that Aaron was dead. The immediate question we ask is how anyone was able to see what happened on top of a mountain which was not only some distance away but probably covered…

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