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HOT SUMMERS

Sunday, July 16, 2017

This summer in Israel appears to be an especially hot one. Of course, the average person is unable to remember past summers, as to what the weather actually was and therefore all comparisons are very subjective. However our only weather bureau has statistics that trace weather patterns over the past century and therefore their comparisons contain some merit. It appears that the weather here, like in other parts of the world, goes in cycles. And we are apparently currently involved in a hot summer cycle. Though the Bible does not mention weather conditions per se, I can imagine that when it says that our father Abraham was sitting by his tent in the heat of the day this did not happen...

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MATOT – MAASEI

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Jewish people have always been a traveling nation. It is almost as if wandering has become our second nature, built into the DNA of our society and history. The Torah lists for us over forty way stations and oases that the Jewish people visited during their trek in the desert from Egypt to the outskirts of the Land of Israel. Rashi, subtly and almost ironically, comments that the Lord was kind to us and that He did not force us to visit many other way stations that could also have been part of our journey. In fact, for thirty-eight years, the camp of Israel resided in one place in the desert. Wanderlust has within it a positive component of curiosity and creativity. It also...

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