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Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

2016 comments, with some 2015 included: [Noah is pronounced with a guttural h in Hebrew] Last year, I wrote: “This is another of those Bible portions that get whitewashed to be made suitable for children.  Think about it.  All humans, including babies … Continue reading

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Bereishit (Genesis 1:1 – 6:8)

This week’s Torah portion, Bereishit, consists of 146 verses and 1500 years’ worth of foundational stories: The Creation stories; the Garden of Eden; Cain, Abel, and fratricide; and the descendants of Adam down to Noah, who lived from 350 (Enoch, mysteriously … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

Did you know there’s a place on earth where it hasn’t rained for nearly 2 million years? It’s the Dry Valleys in Antarctica.  I’m really tired of rain, and I’m not even talking about Hurricane Florence, just this rainrainrain-teasingbitofsun-rainrain.  The … Continue reading

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Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-52), Sukkot (Lev. 22:26 – 23:44; Numbers 29:12-16)

At this time of year, I find it difficult to remember what’s what and what I have to do.  This year is even more complicated because we are going on vacation right after the holidays.  To help people keep track … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

In biblical Hebrew there are about 20 different words which denote “sin.” That’s from an article in the Jewish Virtual Library, with lots of sources.  Yes, it’s almost Yom Kippur.  This is the culmination of the Ten Days of Penitence, at the … Continue reading

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Vayeilekh (Deuteronomy 31:1-30), Shabbat Shuvah

 (From 2016) This Shabbat: Very short weekly Torah portion (30 verses), longish special haftarah (29 verses at my shul).  We are in the midst of the Ten Days of Penitence leading to Yom Kippur. [Before I forget, there are some … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah

Tonight, we mark the birthday of the world, so it is quite fitting that today is the birthday of our favorite son. Happy birthday, Alan! Rosh Hashanah, which starts tonight, marks the beginning of the year 5779 (and Year Twenty … Continue reading

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