Tag Archives: Jeremiah

Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30:2- 36:13)

My eyesight is currently very asymmetrical and not up to par for extended close work. I expected to be through with all that on Thursday.  But it’s not to be, because my second cataract surgery unexpectedly had to be postponed … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

Do Pinchas and our current president have any characteristics in common, such as  operating outside regular channels and being chosen by God?   This idea came up last week at services and was relayed to me by my husband (I was … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

Not feeling adequately up to par today to think, so the comments are from 2013, lightly edited.   We are basically in tying up loose ends mode.  The latest plague is stayed, the Israelites are saved, and Pinchas is explicitly rewarded … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah

5777!  Wow!  That means this is the start of the 18th year of Torah Portion Humor!  WOOHOO!!!  Since the numerical values of the letters that spell “life,” het and yud, add up to 18, I’ll take that as a good omen. … Continue reading

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Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

August has begun, and today is Rosh Chodesh Av, the first day of the month of Av.  Usually, both occasions made me a bit glum, especially the August part.  Summer was coming to an end and either I didn’t feel … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 -30:1)

The ancient rabbis did not like vigilantism.  We see that in the story of Pinchas, the grandson of Aaron who skewers Cozbi (the Midianite princess) and Zimri (a chieftain of the tribe of Shimon), putting an abrupt halt to the … Continue reading

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

The comments are from 2013, lightly edited.  Three reasons for the repetition:  1) I think it’s a good introduction to Deuteronomy.  2) I overslept this morning and still do not feel awake, despite its being midafternoon, and 3) Deuteronomy contains … Continue reading

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