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It’s a Generational Thing (Noah)

Preview: Noach’s parshah begins the same way Yitzchak’s does: אלה תולדות נח vs. אלה תולדות יצחק. But Noach’s parshah is traditionally called “Noach” while Yitzchak’s is traditionally called “Generations.” Why? Exploring the surprising parallels (and “anti-parallels”) between these two may highlight the critical distinction between these two great men.

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In His Shoes (Chukkat)

Preview: Miriam dies right before the water crisis at Merivah. The memory of that death is alluded to throughout the story, and helps explain Moshe’s conduct during that ordeal.

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Problem Finders vs. Problem Fixers (Bechukotai)

Preview: Look carefully and you’ll notice that there’s a pair of closely related key words that appear throughout the parshiyot of Behar and Bechukotai: געל, “to reject,” and גאל, “to redeem.” What’s going on?

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