Monthly Archives: April 2013

Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

Sunday is Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the 49-day counting of the omer (a measure of barley), which is done from the second day of Pesach and to Shavuot.  “Lag” is alphabetical shorthand for 33: lamed=30 plus gimel=3.  The … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Lev. 16:1-20:27)

 This week, we read a not overly long double Torah portion, Acharei Mot (“after the death of,” referring to Aaron’s sons) and Kedoshim (“holy”).  They present both ritual and behavioral expectations of the Israelites and make it clear both are … Continue reading

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Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33)

I tend to get annoyed when people brush aside this double portion, or even all of Leviticus, as irrelevant, gory, meaningless in the modern world, and/or nauseating.  OK, I understand” nauseating,” in light of this week’s graphic descriptions of genital … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47)

Thank you all for your expressions of condolence regarding my mother.  I expect stories about her to appear in these missives more than usual for a while.  She really liked the jokes I dug up.  To ease back into weekly … Continue reading

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