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(#46) Gathering

Exploring “ha-asafsuf,” sometimes “riff raff,” of Numbers 11:4, as “gathering” in opposition to Moses in a chapter also containing a “gathering of elders.” How might this set of contrasting views of gathering apply to our pandemic circumstances and the politicization of gathering today?

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(#45) Extended Pun

Perhaps we are all “erev rav” in the sense of being on the eve of something new.

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(#44) The Multicolored Hide

This stage explores a teaching from Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (“Rav Kook,” 1865-1935), first Ashkenazic chief rabbi┬áin pre-state Israel. Here is the teaching about the Tachash, an unknown animal with a beautiful and multi-colored hide used in creating the portable Tabernacle in the Wilderness. In this teaching, the Tachash is compared to the erevrav, the…

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(#43) Motley Mob, Again

In this last week of the 49-stage journey, we return to the Wilderness and again explore the “Motley Mob” or “mixed multitude.”

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(#42) In Pharaoh’s House

Recalling that the biblical Joseph was sold into servitude in Pharaoh’s house and that, following his time in prison, he returns to servitude. He is exalted, has an important and powerful place in the administration, marries and has children; and he eventually reconciles with his family of origin. But he remains in servitude. And that…

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(#41) Pharaoh’s Signet

Upon leaving prison, the biblical Joseph is given a job, and Pharaoh’s ring and chain and clothing to signify his rank and Pharaoh’s trust (Gen 41:42). This does not reflect the experience of many returning citizens who face unemployment at much higher rates than those without records. Changing the odds upon re-entry is one aspect…

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