Monthly Archives: May 2013

Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

First, a shout out to my favorite daughter, Rosalyn E. Plotzker, M.D., who became privileged to use those last two initials on May 29: YAY!!! OK, that happy news should partially inoculate us against this downer of a portion. Why … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

             This morning, after minyan (yes, we got one), the rabbi urged us to go to services tomorrow, noting happily that the reading was now back into a narrative mode.  Years ago, another rabbi offered … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

This week: The census of Levites assigned to do work relating to the Tent of Meeting (like disassembling and carrying it), those aged 30 to 50 (now that’s early retirement), is completed, as is the description of their duties.  Segueing … Continue reading

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Bemidbar (1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

[Note: “Bemidbar” is the first key word in the portion, “in the wilderness of” (i.e., Sinai).  “Bamidbar” means “in the wilderness”.  I have seen both used to refer to this book of the Torah and this week’s portion. ] I … Continue reading

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Behar-Behukkotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34)

Today did not start out well.  I go to services sort of daily (5-6/week) to say kaddish for my mother (if we get a minyan).  Friday services start at 7:30 am.  I woke up at 7:27 (yes, I’d set the … Continue reading

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