Monthly Archives: February 2011

Vayak’hel (Ex. 35:1 – 38:20)

In this week’s portion, the Israelites build the Tabernacle (Mishkan), carrying out the instructions earlier given to Moses.  First, however, they are reminded of the prohibitions against work on the Sabbath.  From the juxtaposition of this command with the description … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35 )

For the last couple of Torah portions, Moses has been communing with the Lord on Mt. Sinai.  Think of it – 40 days, one on one, undivided attention, no pesky, whiny interruptions from the Israelites.  The ultimate spiritual retreat.  And … Continue reading

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Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10)

This week’s Torah portion contains more very detailed instructions, this time concerning the vestments for Aaron and his four sons, who will be the priests; their ordination; and other items the priests will use in their work (the menorah, its … Continue reading

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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19); Shabbat Rosh Hodesh (Num. 28:9-15, Isaiah 66:1-24)

Thank you for your kind messages.  I am vertical again. This Shabbat happens to be the second day of Rosh Chodesh Adar I (Purim is in Adar II in a leap year), so services tomorrow will include Hallel (Ps. 113-118, … Continue reading

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