Torah Tidbits and Haftarah Highlights Parshat B’ha-a-lotecha -Balak

June 2 - Parshat B’ha-a-lotecha - pp. 821 – 826

This passage describes the occasional journeys of the Israelites as they followed the pillar of cloud. Clouds are ephemeral. 

What might be conveyed by the observation that people followed something as insubstantial as a cloud? 

Are there occasions in your life when you uproot yourself from a reality because

of something immaterial?

Haftarat B’ha-a-lotecha - pp. 837 - 839

The high priest Joshua, living 750 years after Aaron, is described as wearing dirty garments.

Who changes his garments? 

What do you see in this deed?

Why would such a dramatic change be necessary?

June 9 – Parshat Sh’lach - pp. 845 - 850

The main element in this Parshah is the report of the

12 spies. How many spies originally traversed the

land? How many ultimately entered the land? Who


Haftarat Sh’lach - pp. 857 – 859

The Haftarah comes from the SIXTH book of the Bible (the Book of Joshua). What is the connection between the Book of Joshua and this passage in


June 16 - Parshat Korach - pp. 863 – 869 Read verse 16:21. What is God’s attitude toward Korach? Then read 16:2. What are Moses’s and Aaron’s attitudes? Haftarat Korach - pp. 877 – 879 The Haftarah speaks of Samuel who was a significant leader about 200 years after Moses and the man who eventually anointed the first king of Israel (Saul). Why is Samuel the object of the Haftarah’s attention? June 23 - Parshat Chukat - pp. 883 – 889 Herein we read the famous scene of “hitting the rock.” Why are Moses and Aaron punished? Haftarat Chukat - pp. 910 – 913 A leader named Jep-tha ruled Israel. He was mighty and courageous.  Did he make any mistakes in judgement?  Why is this episode paired with the incident of striking of the rock? June 30 - Parshat Balak - pp. 899 – 903 King Balak has contracted with magician Balaam to curse the Israelites (so Balak would be able to easily destroy them). How does God respond to Balaam? See p. 900 verse 4-5. Haftarat Balak - pp. 915 – 917 This Haftarah is very important to our Shul. Look at the last verse. Do you recognize the phrase in verse 8? Why does this phrase stand out?  What does it represent?

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