Our guest this week is Rabbi Josh Feigelson, Educational Director of Ask Big Questions, an initiative of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust. After receiving his B.A. in music from Yale University, Rabbi Feigelson was ordained by Yeshivat Cochvei Torah in 2005. From 2005-2011, he served as the Campus Rabbi at Northwestern University Hillel. In addition to his work at Ask Big Questions, Rabbi Feigelson is currently also a PhD candidate at Northwestern. He lives in Evanston, Ill., and blogs at RabbiJosh.com.
This Week's Torah Portion – Parashat Nasso (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. Our discussion focuses on the process of community building described in the parasha and on the special level of trust and uniformity that it requires.
If you would like to learn some more about parashat Nasso, take a look at our conversation with Rabbi Abraham Cooper.