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Tag: Promised Land
December 19, 2013 | 11:34 am
November 13, 2008 | 8:30 pm
I have to quote the entire thing to give you the flavor:
Dear Mexican: In a column some time ago, you mentioned the Aztec prophecy claiming that “their descendants would reclaim ancestral lands in the Southwest U.S., and guess what?” I’d appreciate it if you shed a little light...
August 14, 2008 | 12:46 amConsoling people after they've suffered a loss, especially when it's the death of a loved one, is never easy. No matter what we say, we can never bring back the beloved to this world. How often do we sit by the mourner's side in awkward silence, feeling completely impotent in our...
July 24, 2008 | 12:40 amWhile I was in my synagogue's office one morning, the phone rang, and I answered. The lady on the other end said, "Hello, may I please speak to the owner?"
I answered, "Certainly, it will be our pleasure to let you talk to him. You have reached The House of God, and the Owner is...
July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pmAsk 10 Jews with a reasonable background in Torah the question, "Why did God not allow Moses to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land?" and nine of them would probably say: "Because Moses hit the rock instead of talking to it in order to bring forth water and failed to sanctify...
July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm"But if you do not completely drive out the inhabitants, those who remain will be pins in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in your own land" (Numbers 33:55).
God awarded the land of Israel to His chosen people, but He didn't just give it to us on a silver...
April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm
The holiday of Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, but the Haggadah doesn't mention
Nachshon ben Aminadav.
Who was this man?
According to the biblical account of the Exodus, the people have no sooner left Egypt than they encounter a...
May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm
This week's Torah portion begins a new biblical book, after which the parsha is named in English, "Numbers,"and in Hebrew, "Bamidbar," best translated as "In the Wilderness."
Juxtaposing the two very different names turns out to have resonance, both then and now. Between leaving...
September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm