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Yom Kippur 5778

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year, the day on which our fates for the coming year, which had been written in a book on Rosh Hashanah, are sealed. [Even medieval rabbis interpreted this metaphorically.  And there’s a grace … Continue reading

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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

Good old Emor.  We run into parts of this portion 4 times a year: first and second days of Sukkot, second day of Pesach, and the regular weekly reading.  This is not surprising, because Emor includes instructions for observing the … Continue reading

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Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10), Shabbat Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19), Purim

A fashion line for an elite.  A new leader shows himself to be less than competent, is delegitimized, and will later sink into madness.  Code hacking.  And though an administration’s inner circle has close Jewish connections, the real power behind … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur.  The climax of the 10 Days of Repentance.  The day on which our fates for the coming year, written in a book on Rosh Hashanah, are sealed.  OK, as I noted last week, even medieval commentators tended to … Continue reading

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Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10)

Well, it’s still February, but we’ve passed the half-way point.  The wild temperature swings – high about 15 one day, about 55 a few days later, then back to about 35 – have eased for now.  I watched my oh-no-it’s-still-February … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur 5776

Yes, it’s time for Yom Kippur.  I sent out a couple of links about fasting last year but at the last minute, so here they are again:    “The science of Yom Kippur fasting” and “14 tips to make the … Continue reading

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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

Part of this week’s portion, Emor, is very familiar if you are a Torah reader for your congregation, attend services during the holidays and actually pay attention to the Torah reading, or read it for your Bar Mitzvah (like my … Continue reading

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