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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35)

Getting a new kitchen floor installed is more discombobulating than I’d expected.  Yes, it’s done and it’s lovely: In fact, the kitchen looks so nice empty it’s a shame to put any furniture back.  I’ll start that today, but for … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

I was going to give you a discourse about the roles of law in society, the tension between law and justice, laws as living things that are allowed to wither away – even without formal repeal – as society finds … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35), Shabbat Parah (Numbers 19:1-22)

It is three days after Tuesday’s frozen slop storm.  It is still cold.  The white stuff is just starting to melt.  Yesterday, I spent about 40 minutes hacking about 4 inches of ice-on-snow off my windshield and rear window.  I … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

Chaos.  Law.  Orders coming down from above, some incomprehensible.  And what will we do with the resident aliens in our midst?  I refer, of course, to this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim (statutes). First:  Shabbat Shekalim is the first of four … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel (Ex. 35:1 – 38:20), Shabbat Shekalim

This week, we have two reasons for a sense of déjà vu.  First, this Sabbath is Shabbat Shekalim, the first of four special Shabbatot before Pesach on which we have an additional reading from a second scroll. This week, we … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35)

It’s March.  It still feels like February. I think I’m losing it.  A few days ago, during a brief discussion about how the chorus sometimes gets into a piece very quickly while it takes us a while to warm up … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim

It is February and I am irritable.  That is a redundancy.  Yes, I’m glad I’m not buried in Boston under 5 feet of snow (“Buried in Boston” sounds like either the title of a murder mystery or a headline about … Continue reading

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