In these weeks leading up to Tisha B’av, we read a passage of Jeremiah, overflowing with water imagery and see the boiling point.
This week’s study guide continues an ongoing conversation about how to divide the land of Israel for the tribes of the Israelites.
Parashat Masei opens with a long list of all the encampments of the Israelites in the wilderness and discusses a lyric of love.
Our parashah begins with the laws governing oaths and vows. Then the Torah discusses the various types of vows and how they are used.
This week’s haftarah marks the three weeks leading up to Tisha B’av and uses Jeremiah’s words to do so, when Israelites are building walls.
The study guide for Parashat Pinchas investigates the division of the land of Israel among the twelve tribes of the nation.
At the end of the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness, Moshe’s job is terminated prematurely. This explores Moshe’s forced retirement.
There is something disturbing in hearing basic tenants of human decency presented as revelatory. Our haftarah explores what is good.
The study guide for Parashat Balak continues the discussion of a concept in the study guide for Parashat Chukat, about passing through land.
In Parashat Balak, the Moabite king Balak hires Bilaam to curse his Israelite neighbors. Bilaam notices the prevention of the unwanted gaze.
Our haftarah this week tells the brutal story of powerful vows and human sacrifices and all of the complications that go with it.
The study guide for Parashat Chukat focuses on the Israelites passing through the land and their relationship with other regions.
This week’s parashah, Chukat, focuses on the story of Moshe hitting the rock, choosing not to spare the rod, to get water.
This week’s haftarah discusses Saul’s assumption of power as the first king of Israel. Bex Stern Rosenblatt compares Saul with Eve.
Korach led a rebellion against Moshe (and Aaron). Ahead of the incense trial, Korach gathers the congregation against Moshe and Aaron.
Korach and his followers, a rebellion undermining the leadership of Moshe and Aaron, teach about disputation without denigration.
This week’s parasha starts out gloriously—we scout out the land in order to enter it. Then we investigate the concept of whores and heroes.
The study guide for Shlach focuses on the phrase used by spies, that the people of the land of Israel were too strong for the Israelites.
Our parashah is bookended by the story of the spies and tzitzit. This leads to a discussion on the obligation of mitzvot.
We look at Leah’s children’s names and how its haftarah connection. Through this, we work on regifting God’s gift to the rest of the world.
This week’s study guide looks at the complaints of Bnei Yisrael, as they are wandering through the desert, and what is behind this.
Behaalotcha describes the appointment of seventy elders to help judge the people and leadership in terms of the phrase “lamps give light.”
Names are important—they tell the world who we are and help us understand ourselves. This Haftarah discusses names and blessings.
The study guide for Parashat Naso presents commentaries from Rashi and Hizkuni to explore the building of the Mishkan.
Our parashah describes the laws of the Nazir, one who elects to take a vow of consecration to God for a certain period of time.
The haftarah for Parashat Bamidbar is taken from the Book of Hosea and explores the concept of missing mothers.
This week’s study guide focuses on Ruth, in preparation for Shavuot. Specifically, “How You Say What You Say” explores Ruth and Boaz.
In this week’s parashah we learn that the Israelites traveled through the wilderness like a troop of soldiers or a marching band.