Torah Talk: Parashat Behaalotcha with Rabbi Jack Romberg
Rabbi Jack Romberg has served the congregation of Temple Israel in Tallahassee since July of 2001. Being a rabbi is his second career. Rabbi Romberg led his family’s furniture manufacturing business for almost three 18 years. He entered Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion at age 42. He was ordained in NYC in May of 2001. In Tallahassee Rabbi Romberg has led many programs and initiatives. He is currently serving as the chair of The Village Square, a nationally recognized organization that creates civil conversations, both politically and religiously. One program he created is Faith, Food and Friday, a monthly discussion with a panel of 5 clergy on current issues. His biggest pride, however, is in his 3 grandchildren ages 9, 7 and 4. And other than Judaism, his greatest passion is being a Philadelphia sports fan, especially of the Eagles and Phillies.
This week’s Torah Portion – Parashat Beha’alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:15) – begins with the lighting of the menorah and then goes on to describe the cleansing of the Levites and the first celebration of Passover in the desert. The Torah subsequently describes a series of bitter complaints made by the people of Israel about life in the desert, and the portion concludes with Moses’ sister Miriam speaking slander about Moses to their brother Aaron and getting punished for it with a terrible skin disease. Our discussion focuses on the family of Moses and on Miriam’s curious punishment.
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