True Unity 5779

True Unity Parshat Bemidbar By Rabbi Alex Hecht Avreich at the YU Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov, and rabbinic assistant at the Clanton Park Synagogue.  In the Jewish community, achdut (unity) is generally viewed as a positive value. Differences in custom or...

Love, War, and the Other – 5776

Rabbi Yehoshua Dovid Schwartz JLIC Rabbi at Boston University   Love, War, and the Other “All that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, by their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were...

What Can We Learn from the Difference in the Numbers?

Sefer Bamidbar in English is called “The Book of Numbers” and there is a good reason for this. We see throughout the entire book that there are many numbers. (In Yoma and Menahot, we also find that they refer to Bamidbar as “numbering”.) Sefer...

Eve of Renewal

This year, the Shabbat on which we read the Torah portion of Bamidbar is also Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan (the day before Rosh Chodesh Sivan). When this happens, instead of reading the regular Shabbat haftarah we read a special haftarah from the Book of Samuel, generally...