Judaism teaches that our words have the power to create and also to destroy. This week’s Torah portion, Korach, teaches about the power of our voice and the impact our words can have on our individual relationships as well as our relationship with our entire community. Korach also explores how we exercise leadership through the way we communicate, so we are featuring an organization that offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds a powerful combination of music and mentorship to find their voice and reach their potential as future leaders.
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In this week’s Torah portion, Chukat, the word “mayim” Hebrew for water is mentioned 22 times. As the Israelites wander in the desert they learn the importance of water for survival and plead to Moses for water. Although Moses is later punished, he finds a solution by striking a rock to provide water to the Israelites. Drawing on the theme of water, we are featuring an organization that solves water issues through creative events, programs and provides safe water to vulnerable people.