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Pinchas: Of Heirs and Wills ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

When the Torah lays down the laws of inheritance (Num. 27:1-11), it uses two different words to convey the notion of bequeathal — nachala and yerusha. The difference between these two terms is not readily apparent, but as we have seen many times, the Hebrew language does not use synonyms just for the fun of it. There must … Continue reading Pinchas: Of Heirs and Wills ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Chukas-Balak: A Cadre of Curses ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

The Torah says, “A judge you shall not curse and a prince/king in your nation shall you not curse” (Ex. 22:27). This passage forbids cursing a judge or king because one might otherwise be tempted to do so if the judge or king does something against one’s own personal interests. In other words, if a … Continue reading Chukas-Balak: A Cadre of Curses ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Korach: Bringing Up Bread ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

When relating the story of Korach and his household being miraculously swallowed into the ground, the Torah (Numbers 16:30-34) employs an interesting word-switch that we will closely examine. In response to Korach’s rebellion, Moshe warned that G-d will implement a supernatural phenomenon whereby the land (adamah) will open its mouth and swallow Korach’s household. As Moses finished … Continue reading Korach: Bringing Up Bread ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

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