Monthly Archives: July 2011

Mase’ei (Numbers 33:1 – 36:13)

[Remember, the jokes come after the commentary.] The heat seems to have softened my brain a bit. Good thing I’m taking a vacation day tomorrow.  From 2008: “Very often, the chapters that recount the final weeks of the 40-year journey … Continue reading

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Mattot (Numbers 30:2 – 32:42 )

[Remember – the jokes follow the commentary!] It’s too darn hot outside, which has an enervating effect despite my being in an air-conditioned office.  We are also supposed to save energy today by keeping the lights off, if it’s safe … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

[Remember, the humor follows the commentary.]         The Israelites are nearing the end of their journey and have most of the sturm und drang of the past 40 years behind them.  This week’s portion has a tone of tying things up … Continue reading

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Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)

[Remember, the jokes follow the commentary.]         The Israelites don’t actively take part in this week’s portion until the last nine verses.  Instead, we see them through the eyes of Balak ben Tzippor, the king of Moab, who is scared … Continue reading

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