Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-52), Sukkot (Lev. 22:26 – 23:44; Numbers 29:12-16)

This is not good.  Only half way through the holidays, I am both totally zonked and wired.  I am more and more enamored of the suggestion I made last year: “There was in ancient times a ‘Pesach Sheni,’ (second Passover) … Continue reading

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Vayelekh (Deut. 31:1-31:30), Shabbat Shuvah, Yom Kippur

OMG! OMG! OMG! The Atone Phone is real! For several years, Stephen Colbert has done a bit on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” with an “Atone Phone,” set up before Yom Kippur for him to receive apologies from Jews who … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah

OK guys, I had a 7 AM dental check-up and this is my first break since then. Please forgive any mental fogginess. Also, please forgive me for any general or specific wrongs I have committed that hurt you during the … Continue reading

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Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20)

 This week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim, is a mere 40 verses long. It is short and focused, so I will try to make these comments the same, especially since I will be sending out Rosh Hashanah comments separately.  “Atem nitzavim,”  the … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

Gee, time flies.  We’re already up to the sixth Haftarah of Consolation, Isaiah 60:1-22, which tells of a time of joy, everlasting light, and salvation. It’s time for Selichot already, this Saturday night.  Selichot, a series of penitential prayers and … Continue reading

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