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The Daughters of Tselafchad

The Torah relates at length in the Parshah of Pinchas how the five daughters of Tselafchad (an Israelite who had died in the desert) saw that they would not receive a portion of the Holy Land according to the way the Torah-law then stood.  In distress, they entreated Moses for an inheritance in Israel.  Unable to answer them, Moses presented their case to G-d, and the Almighty then gave the law enabling the sisters to receive their rightful share of the Land.
Why did G-d wait for complaints to arise before teaching the law in this case?  The law of inheritance affecting Tselafchad's daughters could have been taught to Moses on Mount Sinai together with the rest of the Torah.

Read more: The Daughters of Tselafchad

A Lonely Nation

Are you a statistics person? Do you remember the numbers you read; can you retain and, when necessary, retrieve them? Or are you more the graphics type, who relates to visuals of pies and colored blocks and zigzaggy lines to make a point? I like anecdotes, little stories that (as someone once put memorably) when you add them up, you have data.

No matter, you’ve seen or heard something like this before: Israel is .000001% of the earth’s land mass. Israel (Jews) amount to point oh-oh-oh-oy-vey of the world population. 45% of the United Nations’ condemnations have been directed at Israel.

Read more: A Lonely Nation

Use Your Brain!

"Dad," the young boy asked his father.

"Yes, son?"

"Why is the sky blue?"

"I don't know, son."

"Why is the grass green?"

"I don't know, son."

"How do birds fly?"

"I don't know, son."

So it went on, the son asking questions and the father responding, "I don't know, son."

One day, the son said to his father, "Dad, I hope you don't mind my asking you all these questions all the time."

Read more: Use Your Brain!

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