Monthly Archives: June 2016

B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

This week’s portion is of two moods.  The beginning is a continuation of the preparations before finally setting out from Sinai.   Aaron lights the lamps of the 7-branched menorah.  The Levites are officially designated and ritually purified, including a full … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

This week’s Torah portion is the longest single portion in the annual cycle, 176 verses.  There’s a lot of repetition in Ch. 7, which hammers home that every single tribe gave identical gifts for the dedication of the Tabernacle, listing … Continue reading

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Bemidbar (1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

This week, we start reading a new book of the Torah, variously called Bamidbar (in the desert), Bemidbar (in [the] desert of…i.e., Sinai), or B’midbar (same).  In English, it’s called Numbers, and there are a lot of them in this … Continue reading

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Behukkotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)

Today’s item is in memory of Michael Quah, my first lab partner at DuPont.  His technical, literary, verbal, and business capabilities were formidable.  Though he left the company many years before I did, the wonders of electronic communication, especially Facebook, … Continue reading

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