Monthly Archives: October 2016

Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

Today’s focus: Paradise. But first, an unfortunate update on our Sukkah.  We enjoyed it from Sunday, Oct. 16 through the following Friday evening.  Then the winds came.  Big winds.  Next morning, I saw that the bamboo mat was lying in … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12)

Even a retiree can be over-scheduled.  Thus, this week, I will give you an update on the Sukkah saga, comments from 2012 and 2014, and newly dug up humor, etc. items. Sukkah Saga update:  We are still using the metal … Continue reading

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Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-52), Sukkot (Lev. 22:26 – 23:44; Numbers 29:12-16)

Sukkot starts Sunday night. Before that, though, we read the penultimate Torah portion of the annual cycle, Ha’azinu, which contains the 43-verse long song (or poem) Moses was told to write in last week’s portion. It vividly describes the relationship … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur.  The climax of the 10 Days of Repentance.  The day on which our fates for the coming year, written in a book on Rosh Hashanah, are sealed.  OK, as I noted last week, even medieval commentators tended to … Continue reading

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Vayeilekh (Deut. 31:1-30), Shabbat Shuvah

This Shabbat: Very short weekly Torah portion (30 verses), longish special haftarah (29 verses at my shul).  We are in the midst of the Ten Days of Penitence leading to Yom Kippur. [Before I forget, there are some fasting tips … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah

5777!  Wow!  That means this is the start of the 18th year of Torah Portion Humor!  WOOHOO!!!  Since the numerical values of the letters that spell “life,” het and yud, add up to 18, I’ll take that as a good omen. … Continue reading

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