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Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9-15, Isaiah 66:1-24)

I grew up in the 1960’s.  Before you start picturing me as a stoned flower child with dangly earrings and long straight hair (OK, I did have the earrings and hair), I should tell you that I was not part … Continue reading

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Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41)

Spies. The Spy in Black (1939), Private Detective 62 (1933), Mata Hari (1932), British Agent (1934), Operator 13 (1934), Our Man in Marrakesh (1966), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and North by Northwest (1959).  I guess Thursday was Spy Day at … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

Summertime, and I’m feelin’ lazy… From 2013: “This morning, after minyan (yes, we got one), the rabbi urged us to go to services tomorrow, noting happily that the reading was now back into a narrative mode.  Years ago, another rabbi … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

Naso is the longest single Torah portion of the year, 176 verses.  However, that’s partly because it includes a detailed description of the gifts presented by each of the twelve tribes upon the dedication of the Tabernacle, and they’re identical, … Continue reading

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Bemidbar (1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

A new book! In Hebrew, its name is Bamidbar, meaning “in the wilderness” [or, directly from the text, Bemidbar, “in the wilderness of” (Sinai)].  In English, it is called Numbers, and there are a lot, particularly this week. It is … Continue reading

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Behar-Behukkotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34)

This week, we finish Leviticus with a double portion.  The Book of Numbers will have a lot more action and cover almost all that remains of the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness. Behar (Lev. 25:1-26:2) concerns the sabbatical (shmitta) and … Continue reading

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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

Good old Emor.  We run into parts of this portion 4 times a year: first and second days of Sukkot, second day of Pesach, and the regular weekly reading.  This is not surprising, because Emor includes instructions for observing the … Continue reading

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