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Parshat Pinchas: Inspiring Our Work in Suicide Prevention

Much ado was made last November, when the rare overlapping of Thanksgiving and Channukah captured the fascination of the Jewish (and much of the secular) world.    Some of us soaked up every ounce of the hype, while others found it overwhelming but when it was over a certain remorse was felt over the fact that it would be 57 years before the two holidays would overlap again (and thousands of years before the two days would overlap in their entirety).

Far less heralded or noticed than Thanksgivukkah has been the quirk in the Jewish calendar that will make this Sabbath (July 12) a "last time for a generation" occurrence.   In most years, Parshat Pinchas falls during the three weeks leading up to the 9th of Av which means that the assigned Haftarah is superseded for a special seasonal reading.

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Torah Of The Week: Open Your Hand To Emotional Need, Too

As an 11-year-old camper attending Camp Ramah in The Berkshires in the early 1980’s, I first leyned five verses  – Deuteronomy 15: 7-11, in this week’s parsha, Re'eh, – that have grown to become among my favorites in the entire Torah.

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