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Parsha Eikev

Archaeology and the Bible by Rabbi M. Kripke Casual readers sometimes ask: “Does archaeology prove the truth of the Bible?” Unless the question is sharply defined, it approaches being meaningless; as it stands, it cannot be answered. If, for Jews and Christians, the...

Parsha Vaethanan

What kind of world? by Rabbi M. Kripke The opening word of our Sidrah is full of pathos. Moses has learned he is not to enter the Promised Land, that he is to die on the eastern shore of the Jordan River. What must have gone through the mind of Moses is the burden of...

Parsha Devarim

Enough to live for by Rabbi Myer Kripke I sometimes mourn the fact that so many people take vacations in July and August and miss the wonderful Sidrot in the book of Devarim. Here the Torah rises to unusual eloquence in Moses’ review of his leadership and his teaching...

Parsha Balak

The power of the word by Rabbi M. Kripke Most of our Sidrah deals with the famous “prophecies” about Israel by Balaam, a Midianite prophet. He had been commissioned by the Moabite King, Balak, to curse Israel. But only blessings poured forth from his mouth. he...

Parsha Chukat

They shall not pass by Rabbi M. Kripke During World War II, there was a famous French rallying cry: “Ils ne passeront pas! (They shall not pass)” which helped to boost allied morale. The same phrase, turned aganist the innocent, is the mark of the selfish, the...

Parsha Korach

We the People By Rabbi M. Kripke   In our Sidrah, Korach mounts an attack of major proportions against Moses: Why must Moses have all the leadership privileges? What had he done for the people — lately? Where was the land of milk and honey? Korach is a...