Tag Archives: Aaron

B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

Whine. Kvetch. Whine, whine, whine. Kvetch. And this reading starts out so positively.  As if we’re having a lovely dream or a happily-ever-after story read to us as we drift off.  Then we wake up to a bleak reality.  The … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot–Kedoshim

This week: sex and holiness. But first, a note on Lag B’Omer, which occurs next Thursday.  “Lag” is 33 using the Hebrew alphabet: lamed=30 plus gimel=3.  Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of “counting the omer” (a barley measure, now … 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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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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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35)

Getting a new kitchen floor installed is more discombobulating than I’d expected.  Yes, it’s done and it’s lovely: In fact, the kitchen looks so nice empty it’s a shame to put any furniture back.  I’ll start that today, but for … Continue reading

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Shemot (1:1 – 6:1)

It’s only January 4, and I’ve already had enough of snow, ice, wind, daily highs below 20⁰F, slippery roads, and car mishaps (I’m fine, the car isn’t, but it’s drivable).  To think that, at this time 2 years ago, I … Continue reading

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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

Compared with the sturm und drang of the last few readings, this week’s portion is relatively subdued and is partly tying up loose ends.  What follows below are mainly comments from 2013.  Two additional thoughts: 1.)  According to Rashi, everything … Continue reading

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