Tag Archives: Bemidbar

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

Numbers!  Lots of them! Actually, though its English name is Numbers, the book’s (and weekly portion’s) Hebrew name, “Bamidbar,” means in the wilderness, (or, directly from the text, “Bemidbar,” in the wilderness of…). Of course, that’s how many people feel … Continue reading

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Bemidbar (1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

First, a shout out to our son Alan, who graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis a week ago.  WOOHOO!!  Hurray!! WHEEEEEEE!!! Ahem. This is a busy 3-day weekend, not only because of Memorial Day, but … Continue reading

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Mase’ei (Numbers 33:1 – 36:13)

First, a word on the haftarot for the next few months.  Unlike most of the rest of the year, these are determined by the calendar, not the Torah portion.  The haftarah this week is Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4 . {That’s for … Continue reading

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Torah Portion Humor – Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

First, the answer to last week’s BONUS question: The haftarah verse found in the liturgy is Jeremiah 2:2, which is one of the Zichronot (Remembrance) Verses in the Musaf service on Rosh Hashanah. This double portion ends the book of … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

I’m baaack. Did you know there are over 400 wineries in Napa Valley and environs?  And we only got to 10 of them. Right, the Torah portion. We are basically in tying up loose ends mode.  The latest plague is … Continue reading

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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, the Israelites are about two years into their 40-year trek.  At the end of the portion, it’s 38 years later, and they’re encamped on the eastern bank of the Jordan, getting ready … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

First, a shout out to my favorite daughter, Rosalyn E. Plotzker, M.D., who became privileged to use those last two initials on May 29: YAY!!! OK, that happy news should partially inoculate us against this downer of a portion. Why … Continue reading

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