Monthly Archives: March 2018

First Two Days of Pesach

In case you were curious, “paschal” is indeed etymologically linked to “pesach,” i.e., Passover: paschal (adj.)  early 15c., “of or pertaining to Easter,” from Old French paschal (12c.) and directly from Late Latin paschalis, from pascha “Passover, Easter,” from Greek pascha “Passover,” from Aramaic (Semitic) pasha “pass over,” corresponding … Continue reading

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Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36), Shabbat HaGadol

TOO MUCH TO DO!  AGH! From 2015 (lightly edited) This week’s portion, Tzav (“command,” verb, imperative) gets more into the nitty gritty of the rituals of the burnt offering, the meal offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the offering of … Continue reading

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Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26), Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9-15), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1-20)

I am so very tired of this cold, damp weather.  Spring comes March 20, but that’s just what they say (fake astronomy?).   Perhaps the fact that Passover (Pesach) is approaching should make me feel “spring-ier,” but I’m still in denial … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1 – 40:38), Shabbat Parah (Numbers 19:1-22)

Inching toward spring, hurrying toward Leviticus, though most would prefer the reverse. This week, as the snow melts in Wilmington, we finish reading the book of Exodus with a double portion, Vayak’hel-Pekudei, 214 verses that are largely a rerun of … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35)

Getting a new kitchen floor installed is more discombobulating than I’d expected.  Yes, it’s done and it’s lovely: In fact, the kitchen looks so nice empty it’s a shame to put any furniture back.  I’ll start that today, but for … Continue reading

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