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Pekudei (Exodus 38:21 – 40:38)

I was wearing a comfy flannel nightgown. As I recall, it was blue, with stripes, a bit of lace, and lots of little flowers. I was in my college dorm, in the hallway. As I headed toward the communal bathroom, … Continue reading

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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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Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35)

A poll tax, sacred incense and oil, a calf made of gold, smashed tablets, punishment, new tablets, Moses and the Lord, and starting afresh.  That’s an outline of this week’s Torah portion.  A few more details: The half-shekel head tax … Continue reading

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Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10)

It’s mid-February and gray. Unsettled.  I have not yet watched my “it’s mid-February and gray” movie, Enchanted April (1991).  Classes and rehearsals have re-started, sort of, interrupted by cold and wet precipitation. So, you’re getting comments from 2012 this week. … Continue reading

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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

My synagogue just sold its building: I try not to get attached to buildings, even ones that hold very personal memories.  They always change, so they don’t match my memories anyway.  And some are totally “repurposed.”  The hospital where my … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8)

This past week, I saw my second Ruth Bader Ginsburg movie, the first being the documentary “RBG.” I wondered whether “On the Basis of Sex” would be redundant or overly Hollywood-ized.  It wasn’t.  Besides being awed again at her ability … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

Busy week. Comments from 2018, wistfully: “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me.” That verse, Exodus 19:4, is in this week’s Torah reading, right before the … Continue reading

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