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Moses' is concerned about his successor in whose hands the future of Israel is to be entrusted. In his prayer Moses expresses the qualifications of Israel's leader in simple yet all-inclusive terms.
Pinchas steps forward with a spear, apparently breaking the Jewish rules of careful trial, evidence and judgment... What contemporary lesson does his deed hold for us?
I have serious reservations as to whether Dale Carnegie would use Pinchas as a role model for How to Win Friends and Influence People. And I'm definitely not suggesting that we root out all sinners by putting a spear through them. What, then, is the messa...
Pinchas' deed evokes many associations -- courage, decisiveness and religious passion are several that come to mind -- but peace hardly seems one of them. Pinchas, after all, killed two people. So why does the Torah describe him as a man of peace? To unde...
One of the most embarrassing moments of my rabbinical career happened early in my first year on the job.
Criticizing politicians, statesmen, and religious leaders is in vogue. In the prevailing courtroom of public opinion, people are judged guilty until proven innocent. At least that's what the cynics say…
The Jewish people have been blessed. Throughout history we have been influenced and led by the best. We have followed Moses' prescription for leadership and have survived and thrived through the ages.
Confronted with Phinehas' heroism, the people felt challenged: Why hadn't any of them stepped up as Phinehas had? Why hadn't they objected and acted with bravery?
Have you ever wondered why pop-up ads always offer licentious opportunities, and never Torah or mitzvah opportunities?
"Take the sum of the entire congregation of the children of Israel. [Include in this census all of those] from twenty years old and upwards, according to their paternal houses, [i.e.,] all who are fit to go out to the army in Israel." Classic QuestionsWhy...
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