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My Covenant of Peace

My Covenant of Peace

This week’s Torah portion, parshat Pinchas, begins with God bestowing a special gift, “My covenant of peace,” on Pinchas, a grandson of Aaron, the High Priest.

The Power of a Curse

The Power of a Curse

In this week’s Torah portion, the King of Moab hires the prophet Bilaam to curse the nation of Israel. What was the king thinking? Did he believe human curses, negative verbal utterances, would do what weapons could not?