Tag Archives: holiness

Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

First, here’s the answer to the bonus question from two weeks ago: Which 7 verses in the Shabbat Nachamu haftarah, Isaiah 40:1-26 occur in Handel’s Messiah? Answer: 1-4, 5, 9, and 11  The focus of this week’s Torah portion is … 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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Acharei Mot – Kedoshim (Lev. 61:1 – 20:27)

I am currently working on a presentation for this coming Sunday, on how “natural” versus “man-made” items are valued in Jewish tradition and thus too mentally distracted to think a lot about atonement, forbidden sexual relationships, and holiness, the major … Continue reading

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Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27)

Last week’s Torah portion, Acharei Mot, was full of instructions for purification by means of atonement, sacrifices, and abstention from forbidden sexual contacts.  Now that everyone’s been purified and prepped, they are ready for the next stage: Holiness. Indeed, this … 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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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Lev. 16:1-20:27)

Another double portion.  But first – Next week, May 7, is Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of counting the omer (the letters lamed ל and gimel ג are assigned the values 30 and 3, respectively).  A minor holiday, it is … Continue reading

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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

If you have a strong sense of déjà vu in the middle of Parashat Emor, it may be because we just read Leviticus 22:26 – 23:44 on April 16, the second day of Passover.  It’s also read on the first … Continue reading

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