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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

Do Pinchas and our current president have any characteristics in common, such as  operating outside regular channels and being chosen by God?   This idea came up last week at services and was relayed to me by my husband (I was … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21 – 7:89)

Suspected adultery! Hair*! Samson!  All this and more this week!  *Scroll past the comments for my own hair history. “More” is right.  At 176 verses, this is the longest single weekly Torah portion.  There appear to be several topics, but … Continue reading

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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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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

Not feeling adequately up to par today to think, so the comments are from 2013, lightly edited.   We are basically in tying up loose ends mode.  The latest plague is stayed, the Israelites are saved, and Pinchas is explicitly rewarded … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

Naso is the longest single Torah portion of the year, 176 verses.  However, that’s partly because it includes a detailed description of the gifts presented by each of the twelve tribes upon the dedication of the Tabernacle, and they’re identical, … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 -30:1)

The ancient rabbis did not like vigilantism.  We see that in the story of Pinchas, the grandson of Aaron who skewers Cozbi (the Midianite princess) and Zimri (a chieftain of the tribe of Shimon), putting an abrupt halt to the … Continue reading

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Bemidbar (1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

This week, we start reading a new book of the Torah, variously called Bamidbar (in the desert), Bemidbar (in [the] desert of…i.e., Sinai), or B’midbar (same).  In English, it’s called Numbers, and there are a lot of them in this … Continue reading

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