Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tazria (Lev.12:1 – 13:59)

As I noted in my email for Shemini/Shabbat Parah, I will be out for roughly two weeks, starting at midday today (until sometime between April 4 and 11), so I am going to rerun some remarks from 2008, in which … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1-11:47), Shabbat Parah (Numbers 19:1-22)

This week is the third of the four special Shabbatot having two scrolls that we read before Pesach.  For Shabbat Parah, we read about the ritual uncleanliness that arises from contact with a corpse and the purification ritual employing a … Continue reading

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Tzav (Lev. 6:1-8:36), Shabbat Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19), Purim

This week’s portion begins with instructions for removing the ashes that remain on the altar after a sacrifice is burned. The priest is supposed to wear plain but still sacral clothing to collect the ashes, then change into something ordinary … Continue reading

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Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26)

This week’s Torah portion contains what is essentially an instruction manual for offering sacrifices: what are appropriate offerings, what the donor does with it (such as laying hands on it), what the priest does with it besides slaughtering it, whether … Continue reading

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Pekudei (Exodus 38:21 – 40:38), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

This week, we end the book of Exodus and start the pre-Passover season, with first of the four special Sabbaths (Shekalim, Zachor, Parah, and HaChodesh) that each require a second scroll reading and are intended to help us get in … Continue reading

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