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Mystery Meat (Beha’alotcha)

Preview: Do the math, and you’ll discover that the debacle at Kivrot HaTa’avah, retold in this week’s parshah, actually took place over Shavuot. Might this explain why we limit our meat intake on that holiday?

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Seventh Day (Behar / Shavuot)

Preview: Sinai themes permeate all laws in the Torah’s “Shabbat cycle:” Shabbat, shemittah, and yovel. What are those connections, and why are they there?

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From Within a Cloud (Mishpatim)

Preview: At the burning bush, Hashem promised Moses that after the exodus, he and the people would “worship Me on this mountain.” When exactly was this prophesy fulfilled? There’s actually quite a few interpretive possibilities, and realizing this may help us explain the confusing and disjointed way in which the Torah presents what happened at Sinai.

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