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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Friday, July 21, 2017

Parsha

When Yitro gave his famous and wise advice, he spoke about easing Moshe’s burden by letting only the “big” cases through to Moshe.No Child’s Game

“Do not recognize faces in judgment…Hear the small as the big…Do not be fearful of a man because the ultimate judgment is G-d’s…The matters that are difficult for you bring to me and I will hear them.” (Devarim 1:17)

“And you shall discern from among the entire people, men of accomplishment, G-d fearing people, men of truth, people who despise money, and you shall appoint them leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifties, and leaders of tens. They (the district courts) will judge the will judge the nation at all times and the all the big matters they will bring to you and all the small matters they will judge… and they will lighten the burden from upon you and carry it with you.” (Shemos 18:21-22)

When Moshe

When Moshe was told about the directive to wage war, he moved with gusto. He gathered the troops, appointed Pinchas as a general, and motivated his army for the war. (PICTURED ABOVE: MODERN DAY WARRIORS OF ISRAEL)Collateral Damage

“War,” said General Sherman, “is not the glory that boys make of it.” He termed it even worse; the antithesis of Heaven. The ramifications of conflict transcend the battlefield, often impacting the lives of civilians and neutral parties in ways that are both unpredictable and terminal.

In this week’s portion, Moshe is commanded to wage war against Midian, the nation whose daughters seduced the Israelites into a quagmire of sin and Divine retribution. If Hashem asks His nation

How does one distinguish between a “student” of Abraham and, l’havdil, one of Balaam?Who Was Your Teacher?

Except for the saints among us, we all boast. Sometimes we boast about our own natural endowments, our good looks, or our athletic prowess. Often we boast about our achievements, social or professional.
There is one type of boasting that seems to be unique to the traditional Jewish community. That is a boasting not about oneself, but rather about one’s teachers, or rebbeim. Thus, you will find young people saying, “My rebbe is greater than yours!” Or, “I am a student of so-and-so, so

In his commentary on Bamidbar, the Netziv states that the Korban Tamid of the morning was offered as a prayer that Bnei Yisael excel in their study of the Written Torah, as the daytime hours are best suitable for such study. The evening Korban Tamid was offered as a prayer for Bnei Yisrael’s success in learning the Oral Torah.Understanding the Korban Tamid

If one learns the last two chapters of this week’s parsha, one finds a long and detailed account of the korbanot (animal sacrifices) for every holiday. This is not the first place in the Torah that the holidays are listed. One finds them recorded in Parshat Emor, and further descriptions are in Parshat Re’eh. The Korban Tamid, which is not an official holiday korban, has even been listed before, in Parshat Ki Tisa. If the Torah does not write unnecessary information

“And the pure person shall gather the ashes of the cow and shall place them outside the encampment in a pure place; this shall be a keepsake for the witness- community of the Israelites, to be used as purifying water; it is a sin-offering” (Numbers 19:9)

One of the unfathomable mysteries of the Bible is this passage about the red heifer, a law which appears to lack any rational explanation, and about which the wisest of mortals, King Solomon, declared, “I thought I could fathom it with my