Monthly Archives: June 2019

Shelach (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41)

Very tall Canaanites + very low self-esteem = Disaster (I have cobbled together comments I like from 2013-2016) This portion begins ambiguously.  The Lord says, “Send for yourself men to scout…”  Rashi interprets “for yourself” as a disclaimer (Hey, I’m … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

In this portion, there is a big mood shift, from the excitement of the final pre-march tasks to the continuous kvetching you’d expect of cranky four-year-olds. Aaron finishes setting up the divinely designed, 7-branched gold menorah.  The Levites are ritually … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

Still transitioning into full summer mode.  My only scheduled activity is Read Aloud Delaware.  No classes, rehearsals, or lessons, but somehow there’s always something else to work on, like Torah and haftarah readings, the Book of Ruth, never-ending decluttering… From … Continue reading

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Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

This weekend:  a new book and a lesser-known major holiday The book is called Numbers in English, Bamidbar (in the wilderness) or Bemidbar (in [the] wilderness of…i.e., Sinai) in Hebrew.  While Bamidbar suits the book as a whole, Numbers actually better … Continue reading

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