Monthly Archives: September 2013

Shemini Atzeret, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12), Simchat Torah, Bereishit (Gen. 1:1-6: 8)

Jon Stewart noted once on The Daily Show, “It’s Sukkot, which is the Hebrew word meaning, ‘how many holidays can Jews fit into one month?’” (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-15-2008/intro—another-jewish-holiday ), a sentiment with which I am in total sympathy.  My stress level is much … Continue reading

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Sukkot: First two days and Shabbat Chol HaMoed

Now that the sukkah is up, except for decorations, I’m feeling almost mellow, unlike other years when work was getting in the way of holiday preparations.  I guess the rabbis who set the Torah readings were also relaxing a bit, … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur (Lev. 16:1-34; Num. 29:7-11; Lev. 18)

I have grown to appreciate Yom Kippur over the years.  Part of that is due to eliminating caffeine-withdrawal headaches.  And fasting is much easier than, for example, in my first year in grad school, when I fantasized about what flavor … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah, Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-32:52), Shabbat Shuvah

Welcome to the 15th year of Torah Portion Humor!  OY!!! Here’s a quick scorecard for the next few days: First day Rosh Hashanah (Thursday) Torah readings: Genesis 21:1-34 and Numbers 29:1-6 (the obligatory verses about the obligatory sacrifices).  Haftarah: I Samuel 1:1-2:10. Second … Continue reading

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