Tag Archives: Levites

B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

Whine. Kvetch. Whine, whine, whine. Kvetch. And this reading starts out so positively.  As if we’re having a lovely dream or a happily-ever-after story read to us as we drift off.  Then we wake up to a bleak reality.  The … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21 – 7:89)

Suspected adultery! Hair*! Samson!  All this and more this week!  *Scroll past the comments for my own hair history. “More” is right.  At 176 verses, this is the longest single weekly Torah portion.  There appear to be several topics, but … Continue reading

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

Numbers!  Lots of them! Actually, though its English name is Numbers, the book’s (and weekly portion’s) Hebrew name, “Bamidbar,” means in the wilderness, (or, directly from the text, “Bemidbar,” in the wilderness of…). Of course, that’s how many people feel … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deut. 26:1 – 29:8)

  We are in the middle of the month of Elul, a time for cheshbon ha-nefesh, a personal accounting as the High Holy Days approach.   At my shul, the Ark is now covered in a white curtain, rather than the … Continue reading

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

Yes, I saw the solar eclipse on Monday.  I got a pair of ISO certified 12312-2:2015 cardboard-framed glasses at the local library and spent a couple hours lying on the grass, alternating between staring upwards and reading my magazine.  The … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

Naso is the longest single Torah portion of the year, 176 verses.  However, that’s partly because it includes a detailed description of the gifts presented by each of the twelve tribes upon the dedication of the Tabernacle, and they’re identical, … Continue reading

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Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

When we last left the Israelites, they were still coming to grips with the prospect of spending the next 38+ years in the wilderness instead of the Promised Land.  Their response is not the usual whining but a series of … Continue reading

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