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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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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

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 there, but, as drama, it … Continue reading

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Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36), Shabbat HaGadol

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 well-being, the sacrifice of well-being, and the offerings … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

This week, the Exodus story kicks into high gear.  The beginning of the portion, Va’era, reads like a fleshed-out introduction, as if to say, “OK, that was just a taste. Now you’ll all get more on the background, the plan, … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

This week’s dramatic portion starts with a recap (“Previously, in the Book of Exodus…”).  The Lord has appeared to Moses and Aaron with a message for the Children of Israel, who don’t believe the men because they (the C. of … Continue reading

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