Tag Archives: Levites

Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

What happens when winning is the goal, and truth doesn’t matter? Demagogue: NOUN (Lexico.com) 1 A political leader who seeks support by appealing to the desires and prejudices of ordinary people rather than by using rational argument. ‘a gifted demagogue … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

I really think the first part of this week’s reading is placed there as a delaying tactic, so we can put off reading how the Israelites behaved on the march. Anyhow- There are still some items to deal with before … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

Note: Since Shavuot is only one day in Israel, Naso was read last week there. Comments are from 2018, with a 2020 addendum to my hair history. Suspected adultery! Hair*! Samson!  All this and more this week! *Scroll past the … Continue reading

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Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20)

You may have noticed that my retirement activities, at least in plague-free times, have essentially nothing to do with my past employment as a research chemist and patent agent.  My classes at the local branch of the Osher Lifelong Learning … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35), Shabbat Parah (Numbers 19:1-22)

(Mainly 2012 & 2016 comments, edited)  Ki Tissa is a portion of many moods: peaceful instruction, fear, orgiastic celebration, anger, repentance, and spiritual communion.  The beginning is the conclusion of the instructions to Moses on Mt. Sinai concerning the Tabernacle … Continue reading

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Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

Happy Independence Day! Today, there was also a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in southern California, just in time for this week’s Torah portion, Korach, in which (spoiler alert) the earth opens up and swallows Korach and his co-conspirators.  The confluence of … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

In this portion, there is a big mood shift, from the excitement of the final pre-march tasks to the continuous kvetching you’d expect of cranky four-year-olds. Aaron finishes setting up the divinely designed, 7-branched gold menorah.  The Levites are ritually … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

Still transitioning into full summer mode.  My only scheduled activity is Read Aloud Delaware.  No classes, rehearsals, or lessons, but somehow there’s always something else to work on, like Torah and haftarah readings, the Book of Ruth, never-ending decluttering… From … Continue reading

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Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

This weekend:  a new book and a lesser-known major holiday The book is called Numbers in English, Bamidbar (in the wilderness) or Bemidbar (in [the] wilderness of…i.e., Sinai) in Hebrew.  While Bamidbar suits the book as a whole, Numbers actually better … Continue reading

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Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35)

A poll tax, sacred incense and oil, a calf made of gold, smashed tablets, punishment, new tablets, Moses and the Lord, and starting afresh.  That’s an outline of this week’s Torah portion.  A few more details: The half-shekel head tax … Continue reading

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