Parsha Shlach: Dying to Show a People that They are not Lost

This week we learn about sacrifice. I don’t mean the killing of animals. Rather, I am talking about the willingness of a person to sacrifice themselves for the good of the whole. I do believe Spock (a good Jewish boy, bless his soul) in one of the Star Trek movies essentially said the same thing when he declared, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one.” I am jumping ahead though. Let me give you the background. … Continue reading

Parsha Shmini: Captain, We Have a Breach in the Torah

The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is called Shmini and means, “8th,” as in the eighth day after Aharon and his sons began their initiation ritual.  I find it very interesting that this is the first time we have moved beyond a concept of seven days.  Seven is the directions: north, east, south, west, up, down, and center.  It is also the number of days god took to create the world.  So it represents the physical world or … Continue reading