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COME TO THE PU’UHONUA – Matos-Mas’ey – Num. 30:2 – 36:13, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon This week we will read the last two sections in the fourth book of the Torah, Sefer Bamidbor, otherwise known as Numbers. Forty trying years now …

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“Pinhas” – Numbers 25:10 – 30:1 – Pick a subject – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon This week’s reading, named after Pinhas – Phineas, son of Elazar son of Aaron – contains enough different subjects for at least 5 messages. We …

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COMFORT AND COURAGE – The 3 weeks – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon Next Sunday, July 1st, will be a national holiday in Israel.  But no celebrations.  No bands playing, no parades.  It will be a day when the observant Jews …

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BALAAM and HATRED – Balak – Num. 22:2 – 25:9, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon A Moabite king named Balak fears a possible invasion by the Israelite forces who are camped nearby.  They just fought and defeated the forces of Emor …

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JUST DO IT – Khukas – Num. 19-22:1 – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon This week we will read a section that starts with what has been called the most mysterious of all Mitzvos.  It is the law of the Red …

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WE RESERVE THE RIGHT           Remember the sign that once appeared in stores, restaurants, bakeries, etc…the one that read “We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to Anyone”?  Maybe that became illegal before you were born.  …

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A HIGHER LIGHT – B’haalos’kho – Num. 8-12, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon The name of this week’s Sedrah has its own unique message. It is the first word of the Divine charge to Aaron, who had the duty and privilege of …

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THE HEAD      In the Navy, the men’s room was called the Head.  And on WW2 ships it was exclusively a men’s room.  But that was the first American war when women who were not nurses were actually admitted …

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COUNTING IN THE DESERT – Bamidbor – Numbers 1-4:20, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon This week’s reading gives its name to the entire book which it opens.  But the English name seems to bear no relationship to the Hebrew name of …

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YOUR BANKRUPT BROTHER – Behar/Bekhukosai —Lev.25-27 – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon This week’s double reading covers the last three chapters in the Book of Leviticus, and also covers several subjects, so let’s single out just one.  In the classic translation …

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