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The Avengers (Masei)

Preview: No less than four times throughout the Torah do we find the tribesmen of Levi taking justice into their own hands, by taking the lives of those deemed deserving of death. In other words, those responsible for running the arei miklat—those tasked with discouraging the practice of vigilante justice—were none other than the nation’s most prominent vigilantes. What’s going on?

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Home Improvement (Terumah)

Preview: The building of the Tabernacle was the nation’s second major construction project. Their first major construction project was the building of store houses in Egypt. On the uncanny relationship between the two: mishkenot vs. miskenot.

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Urban Planning (Shoftim)

Preview: Twice in two weeks, the Torah focuses upon b’nei Yisrael’s ease of access to a given city: the “sacred city” and the “sanctuary city.” The way the Torah address the problem of access differs by case, offering us, perhaps, an important window into the Torah’s axiological priorities.

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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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Temple Run (Terumah)

Preview: The mishkan is introduced in this week’s parshah, yet several of its laws appeared as early as two weeks ago. Why were those laws introduced “early?”

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