Monthly Archives: March 2020

Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26)

(Comments mainly from 2014 and 2016, tweaked) Most people do not react kindly when you say “Leviticus,” which is the book we start reading this week.  Granted, it does contain some descriptions and prescriptions that are yucky or offensive or … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1-40:38 ), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1-20)

Didn’t we just read this a few weeks ago? Sort of.  This double portion, the last in the book of Exodus, describes the execution of the instructions given earlier for building and furnishing the Tabernacle and for the priests’ vestments. … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35), Shabbat Parah (Numbers 19:1-22)

(Mainly 2012 & 2016 comments, edited)  Ki Tissa is a portion of many moods: peaceful instruction, fear, orgiastic celebration, anger, repentance, and spiritual communion.  The beginning is the conclusion of the instructions to Moses on Mt. Sinai concerning the Tabernacle … Continue reading

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Humor, Purim Edition

As I type this, I am sipping a screwdriver (or two). Not because COVID-19 is zooming around the world, the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, the (consequent) freefalling stock market, rising antisemitism throughout the world, nor even … Continue reading

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Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10), Shabbat Zachor (Deuteronomy 25:17-19)

Comments are from 2016 and 2018, edited. This Sabbath is Shabbat Zachor (“Remember!”), the second of the 4 special Sabbaths leading up to Passover.  It’s the Sabbath right before Purim. The added reading (Deut. 25:17-19) instructs us to remember Amalek, who perpetrated … Continue reading

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