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Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33)

I AM SO TIRED OF THIS WEATHER!  I WANT SPRING!! Ahem. This week’s Torah portion is a double one, Tazria-Metzora.  The contents are rather “icky,” so it is good to get both sections done in one reading. From 2015: “The … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47)

Sometimes I babble.  Sometimes I say too little.  How this ties in to Parashat Shemini, you’ll read below. First, a delayed shout-out to Yehuda W., who correctly identified Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the 6th day of Chanukah, as the Sabbath besides … Continue reading

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7th and 8th Days of Passover

Yes, Passover lasts for several days after the sedarim.  It is celebrated for 7 days in Israel (stop gloating, Elliott!) and by Reform Jews and for 8 by Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside Israel. Like the 1st and 2nd days, … Continue reading

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First Two Days of Pesach

In case you were curious, “paschal” is indeed etymologically linked to “pesach,” i.e., Passover: paschal (adj.)  early 15c., “of or pertaining to Easter,” from Old French paschal (12c.) and directly from Late Latin paschalis, from pascha “Passover, Easter,” from Greek pascha “Passover,” from Aramaic (Semitic) pasha “pass over,” corresponding … Continue reading

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Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36), Shabbat HaGadol

TOO MUCH TO DO!  AGH! From 2015 (lightly edited) This week’s portion, Tzav (“command,” verb, imperative) gets more into the nitty gritty of the rituals of the burnt offering, the meal offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the offering of … Continue reading

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Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26), Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9-15), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1-20)

I am so very tired of this cold, damp weather.  Spring comes March 20, but that’s just what they say (fake astronomy?).   Perhaps the fact that Passover (Pesach) is approaching should make me feel “spring-ier,” but I’m still in denial … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1 – 40:38), Shabbat Parah (Numbers 19:1-22)

Inching toward spring, hurrying toward Leviticus, though most would prefer the reverse. This week, as the snow melts in Wilmington, we finish reading the book of Exodus with a double portion, Vayak’hel-Pekudei, 214 verses that are largely a rerun of … Continue reading

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