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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach, 7th & 8th days of Pesach

My last boss at DuPont told me he had been president of a Jewish fraternity in college, even though he wasn’t Jewish.  However, he didn’t realize that Pesach lasts more than the first two days.  No, I don’t know the … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

This week:  The Ten (more or less) Commandments! But first, a lesson in management.  Yitro (Jethro), having heard of the Exodus of the Israelites in Midian, goes out to his son-in-law Moses, bringing along his daughter and her sons, i.e., … 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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Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20)

Normally, the Shabbat service before the start of a new month includes a special blessing.  The exception: Tishrei, the month whose first day is Rosh Hashanah.  That’s because, what with a shofar blowing every weekday (I finally made a real … Continue reading

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7th & 8th days of Pesach

Yes, it is still Passover (Pesach).  It’s an 8-day holiday (7 for Reform).  We are still crunching matzah.  And there’s stuff left to do, besides starting to pack up the Pesach stuff.  For example, on the 2nd night, we began … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

This week, in Parashat Yitro: The Ten Commandments. But first, we pause for a brief family interlude.  Jethro, aka Yitro, aka Reuel, the father-in-law of Moses, meets him in the wilderness, bringing him his wife Zipporah and sons Gershom and … Continue reading

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

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 31, 2015.  This mysterious little holiday has … Continue reading

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