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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

Still transitioning into full summer mode.  My only scheduled activity is Read Aloud Delaware.  No classes, rehearsals, or lessons, but somehow there’s always something else to work on, like Torah and haftarah readings, the Book of Ruth, never-ending decluttering… From … Continue reading

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Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

This weekend:  a new book and a lesser-known major holiday The book is called Numbers in English, Bamidbar (in the wilderness) or Bemidbar (in [the] wilderness of…i.e., Sinai) in Hebrew.  While Bamidbar suits the book as a whole, Numbers actually better … Continue reading

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Behukkotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)

This week, we come to the end of Leviticus.  [Stop cheering.  A lot of bad stuff happens in Numbers.  In fact, one might look at the annual reading of Leviticus as a means of delaying our reading about the disasters … Continue reading

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Behar (Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2)

Happy Lag B’Omer!  This is a minor Jewish holiday whose name simply means “33rd (day) of the (counting of the) omer.” The 7 weeks from the 2nd day of Pesach to Shavuot are traditionally a semi-mourning period (no weddings, haircuts, … Continue reading

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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

I first chanted Torah (leyned) from the scroll when I was 17, on the second day of Passover. This was the first time a woman did so at my synagogue. That was not my goal. A friend’s uncle had suggested … Continue reading

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Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27)

(From 2016)  Last week’s Torah portion, Acharei Mot, was full of instructions for purification by means of atonement, sacrifices, and abstention from forbidden sexual contacts.  Now that everyone’s been purified and prepped, they are ready for the next stage: Holiness. … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1 – 18:30)

First, a few notes from the calendar.  Then we get back to Leviticus. The 8th day of Passover, which was on Shabbat this year, is not observed in Israel nor by Reform Jews.  In Israel, they simply went ahead last … Continue reading

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