CHUKAT — People lose control. We may get excessively angry or behave impulsively or destructively. We may scream at a child, eat too much, or drink. The reasons for such behavior are many. Sometimes there is a sense that something is missing in our lives, a hole we don’t know how to fill, or a difficult issue we don’t know how to address. That darkness lurks behind some of our behavior, and then suddenly, when we least expect it, erupts into unwanted behavior. In this week’s Torah portion, Moses loses control. Moses’ people are complaining yet again, this time...Read More
KORACH — Children inevitably rebel. This can cause parents to react immediately and angrily to their recalcitrant children. Parents and children might be involved in a reflexive pattern of action and reaction, without any reflection on the part of the parents as to the deeper reasons for their child’s behavior. Perhaps a child is testing limits or feels that the limits placed on him are no longer appropriate for his age. The Book of Numbers, the fourth book of the Bible, can be thought of as the book of rebellion. First, the Israelites repeatedly complain about being in the...Read More
BAMIDBAR — Kids hate whatever they think is boring. However, as it turns out, much of what’s important in life is not fun-filled and exciting. While much of a child’s school day can be interesting (one hopes!), memorizing facts is simply rote. While family life can be fun, chores around the home are not. There are plenty of highs and lows in life, but most of life falls right in between. The Torah parsha this week, Bamidbar, begins the tale of the Israelites wandering through the wilderness. They have already been through the excitement of escaping from Egypt and...Read More
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