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Higher Desires (Shoftim)

Preview: The phrase “with all the cravings of your soul” appears only three times in the Torah. How are these three passages connected?

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The Burden Bearers (Bamidbar)

Preview: How come the “chieftains” (נשיאים) that appear in Bamidbar, Nasso (twice) and Behaalotcha, are suddenly replaced with a different group of “chieftains” at the start of Shelach?

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A Revolution That Never Was (Vayelech)

Preview: Calev, “the other spy,” is surprisingly silent during Moshe’s speech proclaiming Yehoshua as his successor. But generations later, Calev would issue his own speech, and if you listen carefully, you realize that he never quite forgot the moment he was passed over for leadership…

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Leading from the Front (Re’eh)

Preview: How the story of Micah’s idols, in sefer Shoftim, evokes Moshe’s warnings about national downfall in this week’s parshah – and why the Levi plays such a prominent role in both.

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Leadership and “Leanership” (Pinchas)

Preview: “And Moses leaned his hands on Yehoshua”–if we really want to understand the meaning of this gesture we must return to the last story in which Moshe, Yehoshua, and the “leaning of hands” featured prominently…

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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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Going Rogue (Shemini)

Preview: Aharon’s two oldest sons disregard the strictures of the sanctuary and burn something they’re not supposed to; then, a few verses later, his two younger sons do the exact same thing. Neither set of sons acts “as commanded.” So why their disparate fates?

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Dressing Like a Leader (Tetzaveh)

Preview: Interspersed within the physical descriptions of the priestly garments are a bunch of abstract terms like “honor,” “majesty,” “memory,” “judgment,” and “holiness.” When we align the abstract terms associated with each article of clothing with the body part that wore this clothing, the symbolic meaning that the priestly clothes were supposed to convey may come into sharper focus.

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The Bystander Effect (Shemot)

Preview: “He saw there was no man:” Was Moshe just confirming that the coast was clear before jumping to the rescue? Or, did he jump to the rescue only after he realized nobody else would?

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