There are a few very precious moments in Torah when leadership goes just right... . In this Sedra, you will explore a great moment for Moshe - and one for Miriam too. Examine how these triumphant episodes are sadly later tarnished and diminished. You will chart what went right.. and then, what went wrong.
Some societies rely on a solar calendar. Some rely on a lunar calendar. We Jews rely on both. Thus creating a fascinating mix. This session will study this balance both in an historical context and through a theological lens.
We are told by the Rabbis that clothes can "deceive". Yet, in this Parsha, the clothing of the priests are set out and dissected in every detail, reflecting the holiness of their task. How does this sit within our tradition? Is this Parsha an exception to the rule in the Torah that externalities, such as clothing, do not matter very much?
Rabbis like to think that when it comes to Jewish practice that they are in charge.
How wrong they are! A brief study of minhagim shows that it is the Jewish communities globally that really drive much of our practice whilst the rabbis struggle to catch up. This session will look at Tu B'Shvat and its folk roots.