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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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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 -30:1)

This week’s Torah portion, Pinchas,  contains the aftermath of the story at the end of last week’s portion, which I deliberately left out; another census; a legal decision concerning when women can inherit; a baton passing; and the additional offerings … 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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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 -30:1)

Remember all those times I noted here that we would be reading a portion from an additional scroll having to do with sacrifices?  They’re all here! Instructions for the daily sacrifices and those for the Sabbath, Rosh Hodesh, Pesach, Shavuot, … Continue reading

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Bemidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20)

This week we begin reading the book of Numbers, in Hebrew Bemidbar (in the wilderness of… i.e., Sinai) or Bamidbar (in the wilderness).  Bemidbar is the first major word in the text, which is how the books and portions are … Continue reading

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