Masei – Journeys – Not Wanderings

INSIGHT: I Wonder – Why Wander?GPS… What’s It All About? Puzzle Go Masei – Journeys – Not Wanderings Eileh Masei Bnei Yisrael… “These are the journeys of the Children of Israel who left the Land of Egypt…” “Masei” means “journeys,” and Parshas Masei certainly lives up to its name. The Parsha opens with a list […]

Ready, Set, Go!

2 / 10 Puzzle Go Ready, Set, Go! And so, the journeys begin… Journey #1 – “Bnei Yisrael traveled from Ramses and camped in Sukos.” Journey #2 – “They traveled from Sukos and camped in Aysom.” Moshe recorded the starting and stopping points of each of these many travels, 42 to be exact. Journey 3, […]

Disaster? Calamity? Nightmare?

3 / 10 INSIGHT: Aharon’s Passing – A Timely LessonAharon – The One and Only! Puzzle Shazak Disaster? Calamity? Nightmare? Traveling through a desert is no vacation. Think about it: for almost 40 years, millions of people had to travel the scorching desert, never knowing how long they would stay in one place – at […]

Journeys in Jewish History

4 / 10 Puzzle FUN! Journeys in Jewish History Now for something completely different (Shazak likes “different”!): Let’s rewind back hundreds of years to a time called the Golden Era of Jewish Spain. Those were the days when most Jews lived in Spain and Torah study flourished there. But all that changed by the late […]

Torah in Tough Times

5 / 10 INSIGHT: Rambam: Shipwreck and a New Profession Puzzle Go Torah in Tough Times Hold it! What if, for some good reason, a promise can’t be kept? Thankfully, HaShem gives us a way out. The person must officially cancel the promise by going to a Beis-Din, a Jewish court of law consisting of […]

Borders & More Borders

6 / 10 Puzzle ENJOY Borders & More Borders Finally… a reality! Bnei Yisrael were camped in the fields of Moav by the Yardein, the Jordan River. Just across the water was the Promised Land. HaShem instructed Moshe, “Speak to Bnei Yisrael and say to them, ‘When you cross the Yardein into the Land of […]

Arei Miklat – The Cities of Refuge

7 / 10 Puzzle שלום Arei Miklat – The Cities of Refuge And even more instructions for the Promised Land. Not something you would expect, but something very important that shows us how HaShem cares for every Jew, even those who make mistakes. HaShem spoke to Moshe, “Speak to Bnei Yisrael and say to them, […]

Miklat Rules and Regulations

8 / 10 INSIGHT: “Until the Kohen Gadol Dies”Safe Spot! Puzzle מקלט Miklat Rules and Regulations So, how do these Cities of Refuge operate and who has the right to escape to these protected cities? And how long must he stay there? It’s time for a Shazak Scenario: The cities were not a safe haven […]

The Land-Loving Ladies Are Back!

9 / 10 INSIGHT: A Surprise EndingLest We Shall Forget… Masei – 132 Pesukim Puzzle צלפחד The Land-Loving Ladies Are Back! Remember the story of Tzelafchad’s daughters back in Parshas Pinchas? If not, here it is in a nutshell: There were these five unmarried sisters – Machlah, Tirtzah, Chaglah, Milkah, and Noah – of the […]