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Let’s Make a Difference – July 10, 2012

Yesterday was a fast day, the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, which ushers in a 3-week mourning period for the first and second temples, thousands of years ago.  Our sages have long laid the blame for the destruction of the Second Temple and the subsequent exile from the land, in the first and […]

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Balak (Balak) – Numbers 22:2 – 25:9

The story of Balaam and his desire to curse the children of Israel is a fabulous one. At the request of Balak, King of Moab, he tries to curse Israel, but at each opportunity, G-d prevents him from doing so. Finally, without a choice, he blesses the nation of Israel in some of the most beautiful verses in the Bible.

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Hukat (Statute) – Numbers 19:1 – 22:1

Numbers 20 presents a fascinating story, the story of the death of Miriam and the subsequent loss of water. Verse two: And the nation settled in Kadesh and Miriam died there and was buried there. Verse three: And there was no water for the nation.

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Korach (Korah) – Numbers 16:1 – 18:32

The Levite tribe is set aside as a separate tribe in Israel, dedicated to worshipping G-d on behalf of the nation of Israel in the Temple and, therefore, prevented from owning land or receiving their own tribal territory.

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People in My Neighborhood: Meet Alex

I will always associate my neighbor Alex with my move to Israel. Twenty years ago, I arrived in Karnei Shomron with my husband and four daughters, ages 9 months to 7 years old. We asked around for extra curricular activities which would appeal to the girls and signed them up for gymnastics. We showed up […]

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Justice For Israel – June 5, 2012

The major story in Israel today is one that affects the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria directly.  It is the story of the Ulpana neighborhood in Bet El, a relatively large community in the Benjamin region of Samaria.  Many years ago, the community of Bet El purchased land adjacent to the community from a […]

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