Monthly Archives: April 2016

7th & 8th days of Pesach

Yes, it is still Passover (Pesach).  It’s an 8-day holiday (7 for Reform).  We are still crunching matzah.  And there’s stuff left to do, besides starting to pack up the Pesach stuff.  For example, on the 2nd night, we began … Continue reading

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First Two Days of Pesach

I realize you are more likely to be recovering from the sedarim, either from preparation or overindulging, this Saturday and Sunday morning.  Are you really interested in a discourse on the Torah readings for tomorrow and Sunday?  Me neither.  But … Continue reading

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Metzora (Lev. 14:1 – 15:33), Shabbat HaGadol

This week’s reading continues the instructions concerning tzara’at.   Once the priest declares a metzora healed, the purification begins so that the outcast can be readmitted into the society.  The priest takes 2 birds, cedar wood, crimson thread, and hyssop; slaughters … Continue reading

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Tazria (Lev. 12:1 – 13:59), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9 – 15), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1 – 20)

This week, a Torah triple header: 3 readings, 3 books, 3 scrolls.  In addition to the regular weekly reading, Tazria (Lev. 12:1-13:59), there’s a special reading about prescribed sacrifices (Num. 28:9-15) because it’s Rosh Chodesh, the first of the month, … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47), Shabbat Parah

This week: a stupendous ceremony that ends tragically, clean and unclean animals, and an extra portion about a red-haired young cow. We begin with the ending.  Tomorrow is Shabbat Parah, the third of four Shabbatot before Passover on which we … Continue reading

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