Monthly Archives: March 2012

Torah Portion Humor: Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36), Shabbat HaGadol

One week until the first seder! OK, calm down.  Deep breath.  And reread the article I sent out last year:  http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/136682 This Sabbath, the one before Passover, is called “Shabbat HaGadol” (the Great Sabbath).  This is one of only two … Continue reading

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Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26), Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9-15), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1-20)

A triple header!  Three Torahs, no waiting! [Quick, what’s the other Sabbath during the year on which there may be readings from three scrolls?] In addition to starting the book of Leviticus, which is kind of growing on me (too … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1:-40:38), Shabbat Parah (Num. 19:1-22)

This is the third of the special Sabbaths before Pesach, namely, Shabbat Parah. The reading from the second scroll concerns the red heifer (parah adumah) and ritual cleanliness, while the special Haftarah (Ezekiel 36:16-38) concerns spiritual cleanliness. This is to … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35 )

Ki Tissa is a portion of many moods: peaceful instruction, fear, orgiastic celebration, anger, repentance, and spiritual communion.  The beginning is the conclusion of the instructions to Moses on Mt. Sinai concerning the Tabernacle and its service: the census and … Continue reading

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TPH Special Purim Edition!

Yes, Purim starts tonight.  This year, I actually made hamantaschen – cherry and blueberry.  And I bought a package of apricot and raspberry as a back-up.  Read the book of Esther.  Lots of drama and amusement and maybe PG-13 rated … Continue reading

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Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10), Shabbat Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19)

  This Sabbath is Shabbat Zachor (“Remember!”), the second of the 4 special Sabbaths before Passover having a second scroll reading.  This time, the reading instructs us to remember Amalek, who perpetrated a sneak attack on the weak rear guard … Continue reading

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