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Parshat Ekev: Never Forget, Always Remember

Josh Fleet | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Listen to these laws -- observe them -- and God will keep God's promise: to love, bless and multiply you, your crops and your animals. Do this and no nation will be as great.

Parshat Devarim: So, Let's Review

Josh Fleet | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

On the plans of Moab on the first day of the 11th month of the 40th year of wandering, Moses rebukes the Children of Israel for their sins. But only subtly. He lists all the places of their transgression. He doesn't mention what they did wrong.

Parshat Matot-Massei: The Long And Winding Home

Josh Fleet | Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

These are the 42 journeys of the Children of Israel after leaving Egypt. Now, God speaks to Moses, telling him to speak to the people about what lies ahead.

Parshat Pinchas: You Can Look, Moses, But Do Not Touch

Josh Fleet | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

"Pinchas son of Eleazar son of Aaron the priest has calmed my anger," God tells Moses. "Through his violent and vengeful zealotry, he has saved the Children of Israel. For this I give him my covenant of peace. And for endless days will he be a priest."

Parshat Balak: A Talking Donkey And The Curses That Became Blessings

Josh Fleet | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

alak, the king of Moab, sees everything Israel has done. He sees the fate of the Amorites. His people become sick with fear. Balak fears them too.

Parshat Chukat: Some Things Are Beyond Understanding

Josh Fleet | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Bring a perfect red heifer, God says. One that's never worked the field. Give the cow to the priest Eleazar, who must take it outside the camps of Israel and have it slaughtered.

Parshat Shelach Lecha: Seeing What You Want To See

Josh Fleet | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

"Send scouts, one from each tribe, distinguished leaders all of them, to explore Canaan," God tells Moses. So Moses selects Shammua, Shaphat, Caleb, Igal, Hosea (aka Joshua), Palti, Gaddiel, Gaddi, Gemalli, Sethur, Nahbi and Geuel.

Parshat Beha'alotecha: This Is What Happens When You Complain

Josh Fleet | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Tell Aaron, God says to Moses, that when he sparks the fire of the candelabrum, the light of each branch should be directed toward the center. Aaron ignites the lamps just so.

Parshat Naso: What Do You Give To God?

Josh Fleet | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

The priests should say to everyone, using God's name: May God bless you and keep you. May God cause the Divine Face to shine upon you and favor you. May God turn toward you and grant you peace.

Parshat Bamidbar: Collecting The Names

Josh Fleet | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

One year, one month and one day after the Exodus. God speaks to Moses in the Tent of Meeting in the desert at Sinai, telling him: Take a census of the Children of Israel. Count their names. All the men, 20 years of age or older.

Parshat Behar-Behukotai: Blessings, Curses And A Shabbat For God

Josh Fleet | Posted 07.18.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

When you come to the Promised Land, the earth should rest. A Shabbat to God. Sow your fields for six years. Prune your vineyard for six years. Gather the produce for six years. In the seventh year, give it a rest. A Shabbat to God.

Parshat Emor: Bring Your First Fruits

Josh Fleet | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

You should be willing to die rather than transgress these commandments in the presence of other Children of Israel. God is God, who sanctifies you and brings you out of Egypt. God is God.

Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Don't Try This At Home (Or Anywhere Else)

Josh Fleet | Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

God tells Moses to tell Aaron not to come before the Holy of Holies regularly -- so that he will not die like his sons Nadab and Abihu -- because the Divine Presence appears there as a pillar of cloud always.

Parshat Tazria-Metzora: Physical Affliction, Spiritual Remedy

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

If a person is found to have real tzara'at, his clothes should be torn, his hair should be grown and he should act otherwise like a mourner. He should cry out: "I am ritually impure! I am ritually impure!" Over and over.

Parshat Shemini: A Strange Fire

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

The eight day. Moses calls for Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. "Take a young bull as a sin-offering," he says to Aaron, "to atone for the Golden Calf."

Parshat Tzav: A Pleasant Aroma For God

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

God speaks to Moses again, telling him to command Aaron more about the priestly sacrificial offerings.

Parshat Vayikra: Bringing The Divine Close

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

God calls affectionately to Moses, the humble leader, from within the Tent of Meeting, saying: "Speak to the Children of Israel. Tell them when someone voluntarily brings an offering to God, it should a domesticated animal from the cattle and flocks."

Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei: Come Together For God's Sake

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Israel atones. Next day, Moses gathers everyone together. "These are the things God commands: Work for six days. The seventh is holy for you. Rest completely then. Do work and die. Do not kindle a fire in our home on this Sabbath day."

Parshat Ki Tisa: Sin So Soon?

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Later, after the dust settles, God speaks to Moses: "Uplift the people. Let each give one half Shekel as soul atonement. Twenty years and older. Rich and poor. All give the same."

Parshat Tetzaveh: A Nation Of Priests

Josh Fleet | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

And command the Children of Israel: Bring pure, clear, ready-to-light olive oil to ignite the lamp so that it may burn continually. Aaron and his sons should arrange it so that it will burn from night to morning.

Parshat Terumah: How To Build A Sanctuary For God

Josh Fleet | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

All of this, God says to Moses: Say to Israel, "Dedicated to God a contribution." Then, collect my offering from every heart-inspired person

Parshat Mishpatim: And These Are The Laws

Josh Fleet | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion
Josh Fleet

And these are the laws you should set before the Children of Israel.

Parshat Yitro: The Children Of Israel Stared Up At The Mountain

Josh Fleet | Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Enter Jethro, the high priest of Midian, the father-in-law of Moses. He's heard all about God's kindness to the Israelites: the redemption from Egypt, the split sea, the war with Amalek, the manna and the water in the desert.

Parshat Beshalach: A Song The Ocean Heard Us Sing

Josh Fleet | Posted 04.03.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

The land of Canaan is 11 days away from Egypt, but God doesn't send the Israelites straight there. "Too soon," God thinks. "They are not ready. I'll send them on a roundabout route instead."

Parshat Bo: Under The Cover Of Darkness

Josh Fleet | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

"Come with me, Moses," God says. "Let's go to Pharaoh together and warn him. I've hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants. I had to do this to detach Pharaoh from his demonic powers."