Tag Archives: Aaron

Acharei Mot – Kedoshim (Lev. 61:1 – 20:27)

I am currently working on a presentation for this coming Sunday, on how “natural” versus “man-made” items are valued in Jewish tradition and thus too mentally distracted to think a lot about atonement, forbidden sexual relationships, and holiness, the major … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47)

I am still foggily transitioning from Passover.  The boxes are packed but have not yet been moved to the basement.  And it’s a rainy day.  I remember a Sesame Street song from a few decades ago, It’s a Rainy Day, … Continue reading

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Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10), Shabbat Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19), Purim

A fashion line for an elite.  A new leader shows himself to be less than competent, is delegitimized, and will later sink into madness.  Code hacking.  And though an administration’s inner circle has close Jewish connections, the real power behind … Continue reading

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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

This week’s portion concerns purity, death, and water. Chapter 19 includes the laws of the red heifer, parah adumah, which is needed for the ritual purification of those who have come into contact with a dead body.  An unblemished, completely … Continue reading

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Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

When we last left the Israelites, they were still coming to grips with the prospect of spending the next 38+ years in the wilderness instead of the Promised Land.  Their response is not the usual whining but a series of … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

This week’s portion is of two moods.  The beginning is a continuation of the preparations before finally setting out from Sinai.   Aaron lights the lamps of the 7-branched menorah.  The Levites are officially designated and ritually purified, including a full … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1-18:30)

Acharei Mot is usually read as part of a double portion with Kedoshim (19:1-20:27).  Where Acharei Mot concerns rituals and atonement for past behavior, Kedoshim includes a lot of laws concerning personal behavior.  We’ll get to that next week. This … Continue reading

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