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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

Locusts, darkness, the slaying of the firstborn, the first Passover, THE Exodus, and then – tefillin? It is difficult for us city dwellers to appreciate the havoc a plague of locusts (yes, “plague” is the term for a group of … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

This week, representatives of a minority group officially confront the leader of the country, an arrogant, ignorant, stubborn man. He believes he is all-powerful, the but his own close advisors soon begin deserting him. I refer of course to the … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

Seven plagues down, three to go.  Then it’s time to leave Egypt. For the next three weeks, we’ll be reading heavy-duty, seminal sections of the Torah: The Exodus, the splitting of the sea, and the giving of the Ten Commandments.  … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

Sources: 2016, 2013, 2012 comments on Va’era. This week, we more or less start over.  Va’era makes last week’s story of the first encounters of Moses and Aaron with the Hebrews and Pharaoh seem like a TV pilot.  The basic elements were … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

Gee, after only a week of this, we see a people subject to a stubborn, willfully ignorant leader, who will not accept that he is not 100% in charge, refuses to heed his advisors, and causes the nation to be … 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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Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36)

What is there to say about Parashat Tzav?  Ashes, offerings (burnt, meal, ordination, sin, guilt, and, especially, well-being), and ordination.  Here’s a little more, from 2011, with new text underlined and removed text identified by strikethrough: “This week’s portion begins … Continue reading

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