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Pinkhas: Silence as Protest

Modern readers are repelled by the violence found in Parashat Pinkhas. Rabbi Howard Cohen asks: is a form of protest embodied even in the Torah itself? 

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Yad pointer resting on very old Torah scroll
Seedling sprouting through crack in the stone
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Hashivenu: A Podcast on Resilience

We speak with Claudia Horwitz about the way spiritual practice can mitigate the strains of social activism.

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The Next Generation

At the beginning and end of the Book of Numbers, a census of the Israelite people takes place. Rabbi David Steinberg reflects on the way that each generation evaluates and measures itself against the previous.

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Silence as Protest

Modern audiences are repelled by the violence found in Parashat Pinkhas. But is a form of protest embodied even in the Torah itself? 

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Transitioning Leadership

One of the most difficult tasks faced by a community is the orderly transition of power from one leader to the next.
As Moses's death draws near, the Israelites face this challenge.

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Equal Before God

Gender equality is often seen as a modern import into Judaism. In Parshat Pinhas, we find a far earlier precedent that planted the seeds for what was to come.

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