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Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33)

“Eeewww! Gross!” That’s the typical reaction to the Torah portions Tazria (Lev. 12:1- 13:59) and Metzora (Lev. 14:1-15:33), especially if you’re 12 and have just been told this will be your Bar or Bat Mitzvah portion.  At least this year, … Continue reading

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Tazria (Lev. 12:1 – 13:59), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9 – 15), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1 – 20)

This week, a Torah triple header: 3 readings, 3 books, 3 scrolls.  In addition to the regular weekly reading, Tazria (Lev. 12:1-13:59), there’s a special reading about prescribed sacrifices (Num. 28:9-15) because it’s Rosh Chodesh, the first of the month, … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

I’ve been feeling somewhat out of sorts – sad and restless.  Maybe it’s the incessantly grey skies and wet chill.  I worry what will happen to the plants that have started to bud and bloom, believing it to be March.  … Continue reading

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Vayeira (Gen. 18:1-22:24)

As so we continue the demonstrations of “family values” in Genesis.  This week, in Parashat Vayeira, we have instances of duplicity, pimping, seduction, incest, attempted second degree murder (more on that below), the expulsion of a woman and her son … Continue reading

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Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33)

I’m later getting this out to you than I’d hoped, but I’ve been dealing with a pantry moth infested pantry, plumbing issues, and a recalcitrant computer, all now dealt with satisfactorily. The text concerns ritual impurity (tumah) that results from … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

There is so much to write about regarding Vayetze:  A ladder with angels, a romantic encounter at a well, deceit, trickery, intrafamily jealousy and rivalries, a bad boss, greed, karma, sex, and 12 births.  Even animal breeding (aside from the … Continue reading

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Vayeira (Gen. 18:1-22:24)

The stories in this Torah portion raise a whole lot of questions, so that’s what you’re getting this week: While Abraham is recovering from his circumcision, he is visited by three “men” (angels), demonstrating the mitzvah of visiting the sick. … Continue reading

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