Tag Archives: Lag B’Omer

Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

What day of the week is it? More on that later. Among those who habitually attend synagogue services, especially those who read the weekly portion from the Torah scroll, parts of Emor bring about a sense of déjà vu.  That’s … Continue reading

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Behar (Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2)

Happy Lag B’Omer!  This is a minor Jewish holiday whose name simply means “33rd (day) of the (counting of the) omer.” The 7 weeks from the 2nd day of Pesach to Shavuot are traditionally a semi-mourning period (no weddings, haircuts, … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot–Kedoshim

This week: sex and holiness. But first, a note on Lag B’Omer, which occurs next Thursday.  “Lag” is 33 using the Hebrew alphabet: lamed=30 plus gimel=3.  Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of “counting the omer” (a barley measure, now … 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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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23), Lag B’Omer

Emor is one of those portions a Torah reader gets a lot of mileage out of, since a chunk of it, 22:26-23:44, is also read on the first 2 days of Sukkot (day 1 was my son’s Bar Mitzvah – … 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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Behukkotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)

With this week’s Torah portion, we finish the book of Leviticus (stop cheering – some folks think the next book, Numbers, is a real downer).  The portion starts with eleven verses of blessings (26:3-13) that the Israelites will enjoy if … Continue reading

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