Monthly Archives: March 2014

Tazria (Lev.12:1 – 13:59), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1-20)

We have come to Shabbat HaChodesh (Sabbath of THE Month, i.e., the month of Nisan), the fourth and final special Sabbath before Passover with a second scroll reading and a special haftarah.  The second scroll reading, Exodus 12:1-20, contains instructions … Continue reading

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Comments on Leviticus 12 (1997)

[This is a d’var Torah I wrote 17 years ago.  I keep misplacing it when I want to refer to it  when this chapter comes up in the Torah reading cycle.  So, I place it here for reference.  It is … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47), Shabbat Parah (Num. 19:1-22)

This week, the priests’ ordination is followed by tragic consequences. Then we learn about kosher and unkosher animals and ritual impurity (hey, this is Leviticus, after all).  And it’s another special Shabbat on the way to Passover (3rd of 4) … Continue reading

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Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36 ), Shabbat Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19 ), Purim

Interesting mix this weekend: ashes, offerings and ordinations; remembering a spineless enemy; a king refuses to kill another king and so loses his kingdom; and a nice Jewish girl becomes queen of Persia. The weekly portion starts with instructions to … Continue reading

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Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26)

Most people do not react kindly when you say “Leviticus.”  Granted, it does contain some descriptions and prescriptions that are yucky or offensive or both, but there is also lot of good stuff we can relate to concerning ethical behavior.  … Continue reading

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