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Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Naso with Rabbi Abraham Cooper

by Shmuel Rosner

May 17, 2013 | 5:29 am

Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Our special guest today is Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization with over 400,000 family members.

For three decades, Rabbi Cooper has overseen the Wiesenthal Center’s international social action agenda ranging from worldwide antisemitism and extremist groups, Nazi crimes, to Interfaith Relations and the struggle to thwart the anti-Israel Divestment campaign, to worldwide promotion of tolerance education. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and international authority on issues related to digital hate and the Internet. Together with Wiesenthal Center founder Rabbi Marvin Hier, Rabbi Cooper regularly meets with world leaders, presidents and foreign ministers to defend the rights of the Jewish people, combat terrorism and promote intergroup relations.

This Week's Torah Portion- Parashat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)- begins with the completion of the head count of the people of Israel. God then gives Moses instructions concerning the purification of the camp, 'wayward wives' (wives which are suspected of being unfaithful to her husband) Nezirim (Jewish ascetics who take a vow to devote themselves to God), and the Priestly Blessing. Toward the end of the parasha the tabernacle is consecrated and the chieftains of the different tribes bring their offerings.

 

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