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HAWAII LOOKS AT ISRAEL – Va-eskhanon – Deut. 3:23 – 7:11 by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

HAWAII LOOKS AT ISRAEL – Va-eskhanon – Deut. 3:23 – 7:11 by Rabbi Baruch Cohon Ancient law, including Torah law, could exact death penalties where none were justified. For example, if A kills B, then A is condemned to death, … Continue reading

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BLESSINGS SURVIVE – Naso – Num. 4:21—7, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

BLESSINGS SURVIVE – Naso – Num. 4:21—7, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon Our reading this week recounts no less than five ancient practices that we no longer observe, no matter how pious we may be otherwise. No longer do the Levi … Continue reading

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CURING OUR ILLS – Metzora — Ex.14-15 — & Shabat haGadol – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

CURING OUR ILLS – Metzora — Ex.14-15 — & Shabat haGadol – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon This week brings us a rather strange combination of texts. The Torah reading is named for a sufferer of a disease called tzaraas. The … Continue reading

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CONTAMINATED! – Lev. 12-15 Tazria-Metzora – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

CONTAMINATED! – Lev. 12-15 Tazria-Metzora – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon Some tribal societies have medicine men who treat physical ailments with mystery cures. Ancient Israel left that function to the cohanim, the priests, Aaron and his descendants. The Book of … Continue reading

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A BASKET OF THANKS – “Kee Tavo” Deut. 26-29:8, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

A BASKET OF THANKS – “Kee Tavo” Deut. 26-29:8, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon This week Moses concludes his second parting Discourse and begins the third. His message once again highlights choices, to be dramatically presented to the people once they … Continue reading

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