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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

Busy week. Comments from 2018, wistfully: “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me.” That verse, Exodus 19:4, is in this week’s Torah reading, right before the … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

(From 2015) This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, starts cheerfully and gets increasingly dark.  We first read about ceremonial offerings to be brought by the Israelites in their new land.  As I noted last year (2014), “First, we read instructions for the … Continue reading

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Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11), Shabbat Nachamu

Comments are from 2015 and 2011: (2015) Happy Tu B’Av!  If you recall Tu Bishvat and Tisha B’Av, you should be able to figure out that Tu B’Av means “15th day of the month of Av,” which is today, July … Continue reading

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Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), Shabbat Chazon, Tisha B’Av

We are now starting the fifth and final book of the Torah, Deuteronomy, from the Greek, Deuteronomion, literally “second law”.  In Hebrew, it is known as Devarim, דברים, “words.”  Words are such slippery things.  This past week, we were told that … Continue reading

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7th and 8th Days of Passover

Yes, Passover lasts for several days after the sedarim.  It is celebrated for 7 days in Israel (stop gloating, Elliott!) and by Reform Jews and for 8 by Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside Israel. Like the 1st and 2nd days, … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me.” That verse, Exodus 19:4, is in this week’s Torah reading, right before the Big Game.  Coincidence?  I think not.  … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deut. 26:1 – 29:8)

  We are in the middle of the month of Elul, a time for cheshbon ha-nefesh, a personal accounting as the High Holy Days approach.   At my shul, the Ark is now covered in a white curtain, rather than the … Continue reading

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