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Vayak’hel (Exodus 35:1 – 38:20), Shabbat Shekalim

Ah, the wonders of the Hebrew calendar. When we have a leap year, like now, we don’t fool around; we add a whole month. So instead of reading a double portion, Vayak’hel-Pekudei (214 verses), we only need to read Vayak’hel … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

I was going to give you a discourse about the roles of law in society, the tension between law and justice, laws as living things that are allowed to wither away – even without formal repeal – as society finds … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

Chaos.  Law.  Orders coming down from above, some incomprehensible.  And what will we do with the resident aliens in our midst?  I refer, of course, to this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim (statutes). First:  Shabbat Shekalim is the first of four … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel (Ex. 35:1 – 38:20), Shabbat Shekalim

This week, we have two reasons for a sense of déjà vu.  First, this Sabbath is Shabbat Shekalim, the first of four special Shabbatot before Pesach on which we have an additional reading from a second scroll. This week, we … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim

It is February and I am irritable.  That is a redundancy.  Yes, I’m glad I’m not buried in Boston under 5 feet of snow (“Buried in Boston” sounds like either the title of a murder mystery or a headline about … Continue reading

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Pekudei (Ex. 38:21 – 40:38), Shabbat Shekalim (Ex. 30:11-16)

What do Downton Abbey, the Oscars, and Parashat Pekudei have in common? I asked a few teens that question last Sunday and assured them that their blank faces were appropriate responses.  The answer: an intense focus on clothing and accessories. … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (30:11-16)

This is the first of the four special Sabbaths (Shekalim, Zachor, Parah, and HaChodesh) that lead up to Passover (AGH! CLEANING!).  The special reading for Shabbat Shekalim is Exodus 30:11-16 about the census that was taken of the adult Israelites … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

This is the first of the four special Sabbaths  (Shekalim, Zachor,  Parah, and HaChodesh) that each require a second scroll reading and special haftarah and are intended to lead up to Passover.  The special reading for Shabbat Shekalim is Exodus … Continue reading

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Pekudei (Exodus 38:21 – 40:38), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

This week, we end the book of Exodus and start the pre-Passover season, with first of the four special Sabbaths (Shekalim, Zachor, Parah, and HaChodesh) that each require a second scroll reading and are intended to help us get in … Continue reading

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7th & 8th Days of Pesach

  (Comments from 2016, edited) Yes, it is still Passover (Pesach).  It’s an 8-day holiday, 7 if you’re Reform or Israel.  We are still eating matzah and getting crumbs all over.  And there’s stuff left to do, besides starting to … Continue reading

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