Tag Archives: firstborn

Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

Locusts. Palpable darkness. The first seder.  The slaying of the firstborn. Exodus. Laws. (That’s this week’s Torah portion. If you want, you can now skip to the jokes.) Of the last three plagues, the plague of locusts, which devour everything … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Vayekhi is the final portion in the book of Genesis.  Jacob dies. His family is getting more settled in Egypt.  Joseph dies.  In these 85 verses, there’s a lot of subtext and foreshadowing and very little sense of a neatly … 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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