Monthly Archives: February 2013

Hiatus until late March, 2013

My dear mother, Lillian Abrams Greenwald, Rivka Leah bat Yisrael v’Liba, has passed away, quietly, at home, in her sleep.   Therefore, Torah Portion Humor will be on hiatus for about a month, after which I will start writing it … Continue reading

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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

First, an addendum to Mishpatim:  I’ve learned that the feminine for ger is giyoret.  Thanks, Chava! In this week’s portion, the Lord gives Moses very detailed instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle (“mishkan”, sanctuary).  This leads us to ask: When were the … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (30:11-16)

This is the first of the four special Sabbaths (Shekalim, Zachor, Parah, and HaChodesh) that lead up to Passover (AGH! CLEANING!).  The special reading for Shabbat Shekalim is Exodus 30:11-16 about the census that was taken of the adult Israelites … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

The 1931 gangster movies “The Public Enemy” and “Little Caesar” were just on TV (TCM), and that made me think of this week’s Torah portion.  Really. But first, what happens in this portion:  Yitro sees his son-in-law Moses trying to … Continue reading

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