Monthly Archives: June 2011

Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1); Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Tammuz

[The jokes follow the commentary] The beginning of the month of Tammuz is celebrated Saturday and Sunday, so there will be a portion read from a second scroll, Numbers 28:9-15 (sacrifices) and a special haftarah,  Isaiah 66:1-24. Chukkat is usually … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41)

With few exceptions, like John Le Carre novels, popular culture doesn’t take spying very seriously. Either portrayals are comic (e.g., Mad Magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy,” “Get Smart” on TV) or overly glamorous (James Bond). “Covert Affairs,” a TV show now … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16) Jun 06/10/11 4:06 PM

The Israelites are almost ready march into the wilderness.  First, a few loose ends are taken care of. A gold, seven-branched, menorah is made, as are two silver trumpets for summoning the people.  The status of the Levites is formalized, … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89), Shavuot

First, an addendum to last week’s missive.  Regarding: “How did they identify who was among the 273 “extra” who paid?”  That is, the 273 first-born Israelite males 1 month+ in excess of the number of male Levites 1 month+ Stuart … Continue reading

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