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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

Shlach: Hollow Cadavers ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

In the aftermath of the Ten Spies fiasco, the Jewish people were doomed to remain in the wilderness for forty years until the rise of the next generation. In the words of G-d, “In this wilderness shall your carcasses drop… and your young children… they shall know the Land that you have despised. But you — … Continue reading Shlach: Hollow Cadavers ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein