Rabbi Feingold's D'var Torah

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This week's Torah portion is a double Torah portion, and its last words conclude the Book of Numbers. The name of second half of the Torah portion, Masei, means "journeys," and indeed, the first part of that section recounts all of the places where the Israelites camped in their 40 years of journeying through the wilderness: 42 locations in all. However, it is startling that Mt. Sinai is not listed among them! According to commentator Mordecai Hacohen, the omission is deliberate: So that the Torah becomes "timeless and cut loose from any one place: every moment is its moment and every place its place." (UAHC Commentary, p. 1240) Perhaps this explains how we Jews have managed to keep our sacred traditions and stories alive throughout the millennia of our wanderings in every corner of the world.

Numbers 30:2–36:13

In this week's parasha, a milestone of women's rights is achieved: Five sisters who have no brothers convince Moses and God that they should be able to receive their father, Zelophechad's, inheritance. (Num. 27:5-7) ) Prior to this moment, only males could inherit the family property. Rabbi Shefa Gold makes the following comment: "they plant(ed) seeds of challenge under the hardened soil of the status quo." (Torah Journeys, p. 162) We have seen such seeds erupt from our hardened American soil in the past couple of weeks as well: With the Supreme Court ruling on marriage and the removal of the Confederate flag from Southern Capitols, we too have witnessed seeds of challenge that were planted some time ago finally pushing through the hard earth to bring about meaningful change. It took much cultivation and watering by many tireless souls, but patience and hard work paid off. A piece of our world has been transformed.

This week, a few of us took a tour of the Shalom Center's Food Pantry and Emergency Family Shelter. I thought I knew everything about what the Shalom Center provides to the needy in our community! The Food Pantry does much more than bring dignity and sustenance to the hungry by letting them pick their own food in a grocery store-like setting. It also provides food to other pantries, works with stores like Costco and restaurants like Olive Garden to acquire food. In addition, inmates of local prisons who are about to be released are given work to do and trained in skills they can use. The Emergency Family Shelter gives homeless families a no-frills, clean and safe place to live while providing help to get on their feet. The Shalom Center is greatly in need of our financial support! This week's Torah portion refers to the commandment to "tithe," that is, give one tenth of our income to God. Part of this tithe went to the Levites, who had no other income. But, they in turn, were also to tithe. This teaches us that even if we are in need of help ourselves, we must still give. The Shalom Center needs volunteers as well as money. Please contact me to find out how you can help much more often that our monthly Soup Kitchen night.

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