Monthly Archives: March 2016

Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36)

What is there to say about Parashat Tzav?  Ashes, offerings (burnt, meal, ordination, sin, guilt, and, especially, well-being), and ordination.  Here’s a little more, from 2011, with new text underlined and removed text identified by strikethrough: “This week’s portion begins … Continue reading

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Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26), Shabbat Zachor (Deut: 25:17-19), Purim

Interesting mix of moods this week: We start Leviticus (Vayikra) with instructions for sacrifices; remember an ancient enemy of the Israelites and the failure of Saul as king; and, on Purim (Wednesday night and Thursday), read how a nice Jewish … Continue reading

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Pekudei (Exodus 38:21 – 40:38)

And so we come to the end of the book of Exodus. This week’s portion, Pekudei, deals with the actual construction of the priestly vestments and the Tabernacle.  First, though, there is a detailed accounting of the gold, silver, and … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel (Ex. 35:1 – 38:20), Shabbat Shekalim

This week, we have two reasons for a sense of déjà vu.  First, this Sabbath is Shabbat Shekalim, the first of four special Shabbatot before Pesach on which we have an additional reading from a second scroll. This week, we … Continue reading

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