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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

What day of the week is it? More on that later. Among those who habitually attend synagogue services, especially those who read the weekly portion from the Torah scroll, parts of Emor bring about a sense of déjà vu.  That’s … Continue reading

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Pesach

I am not going to riff on the 4 Questions. We all know why this night (and the next and the next, etc.) is different from all other nights. Nor the 4 Sons/Children (wise/wicked/simple/doesn’t even know to ask a question). … Continue reading

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7th & 8th Days of Pesach

  (Comments from 2016, edited) Yes, it is still Passover (Pesach).  It’s an 8-day holiday, 7 if you’re Reform or Israel.  We are still eating matzah and getting crumbs all over.  And there’s stuff left to do, besides starting to … Continue reading

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7th & 8th days of Pesach

Yes, it is still Passover (Pesach).  It’s an 8-day holiday (7 for Reform).  We are still crunching matzah.  And there’s stuff left to do, besides starting to pack up the Pesach stuff.  For example, on the 2nd night, we began … 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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Behukkotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)

With this week’s Torah portion, we finish the book of Leviticus (stop cheering – some folks think the next book, Numbers, is a real downer).  The portion starts with eleven verses of blessings (26:3-13) that the Israelites will enjoy if … Continue reading

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