This week’s portion contains words of blessing recited more often than any other in Jewish history. It is the traditional “priestly benediction,” which the rabbis and cantor recite over every bar and bat mitzvah, wedding couple and special occasion in Jewish life. It begins, “May God bless and protect you.” Think of three ways you have been blessed this week.
We begin the Book of Numbers this week with a census of the Israelite tribes and the Jewish people. Think of the ways in which you are also willing to “stand up and be counted” within the Jewish community as well.
The Torah commands us to give even our land a rest every 7 years. It is a profound teaching of respect for the earth and our responsibility to nurture and protect our environment. Find several ways you can encourage the earth and our natural resources to rest from the destruction of modern technology and industry this week.
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