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[Dvar Torah] Naso

This week's Torah portion is Parashat Naso. It covers several different topics including the service of the Levites, the laws of the Sota and Nazir, the Priestly Blessing, and the gifts given to the Mishkan by the heads of each tribe.The name of the Parshah, "Naso," means "Count"; completing the headcount of the Children of Israel taken in the Sinai Desert.

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[Dvar Torah] Bamidbar

Parshah Bamidbar is the first Parsha in the Book of Bamidbar, Numbers. The name of the Parsha, "Bamidbar," literally means "in the wilderness," and introduces the setting of the Parsha. The central theme of the book of Numbers is the second stage of the Israelites’ journey, physically from Egypt to the Promised Land, mentally from slavery to freedom.

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[Dvar Torah] Behar

This week's parashah is Parashat Behar. The first mitzvah communicated to Moshe In Parashat Behar is the rules of the Sabbatical Year. The Sabbatical Year (‘Shemitah’ in Hebrew) law states that for every cycle of seven years, all slaves must be set free. In addition, in that seventh year, farmers must stop tending to their land and all outstanding debts between debtors and creditors are erased.

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