Our guest is Rabbi David Levinsky. Rabbi Levinsky holds the Saidye Rosner Bronfman Rabbinic Chair at Temple Har Shalom, in Park City, Utah, since 2015. As a congregational rabbi, he has served as Associate Rabbi at Chicago Sinai Congregation and as the rabbi at Keddem Congregation in Palo Alto, CA. Rabbi Levinsky also served as the rabbi of the JCC in San Francisco, heading the Taube Center for Jewish Life. Born and raised in Chicago, he received his B.A. in English with Honors at Indiana University and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2002.
This week we read to parashot, Chukat and Balak. Parashat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)- Features the death of Aaron and Miriam, brother and sister of Moses, and the famous story of Moses striking the stone. Parshat Balak tells the story of a prophet who goes out to curse the people of Israel and ends up blessing them.
Our discussion focuses on the Mitzvah of the Red Heifer.
Previous Torah Talks on Chukat and Balak
And a few conversations on Balak: