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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Numbers 28:9-15)

  In this week’s portion, we get into the legal details of Deuteronomy. The portion begins, “Look, I place before you today a blessing and a curse,” the blessing for obeying the laws and the curse for not obeying.  In … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47), Shabbat Parah

This week: a stupendous ceremony that ends tragically, clean and unclean animals, and an extra portion about a red-haired young cow. We begin with the ending.  Tomorrow is Shabbat Parah, the third of four Shabbatot before Passover on which we … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Numbers 28:9-15)

  This week’s and the next two weeks’ Torah portions contain the bulk of the laws in Deuteronomy.  The overall theme in Re’eh is summarized in the first few verses, 11:26-28: 26 See, this day I set before you a blessing … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47)

Previously in Leviticus… The holidays are over.  We’re still counting the omer until Shavuot, and there are still a few leftover Pesach things to pack or unpack, but the daffodils and hyacinths and trees are blooming and it’s time to … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

Yes, I know it’s only Sunday, but I will be away, so I thought I’d send this out now.  I am also in my usual pre-vacation transition state, toward the end of taking care of all the little details (my … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47), Shabbat Parah (Num. 19:1-22)

This week, the priests’ ordination is followed by tragic consequences. Then we learn about kosher and unkosher animals and ritual impurity (hey, this is Leviticus, after all).  And it’s another special Shabbat on the way to Passover (3rd of 4) … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

First, the answer to the bonus question of two weeks ago: BONUS QUESTION: In addition to verses 6:4-9, what verse in this week’s portion is part of the Torah service? ANSWER: Deut. 4:4: And you, who held fast to the … Continue reading

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