Tag Archives: Leviticus

Behar-Behukkotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34)

This week, we finish Leviticus. Stop cheering.  There was a lot of good stuff there, and the Numbers narrative can be a real downer. We start this double portion with the sabbatical (shmitta) and jubilee (yovel) years.  The land gets … Continue reading

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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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Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9 – 15)

Diagnosis by qualified personnel. No real treatment, just waiting it out. Quarantine until cleared. No, I’m not referring to COVID-19, but to the skin ailment called tzara’at, which takes up most of this week’s double portion. (Comments from 2013, links … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47)

Ordination with a spectacular finish. Self-inflicted disaster. Kosher and unkosher animals. That’s this week’s Torah portion.  I’m currently zonked from Pesach and pandemic weirdness. But think how much worse it is for others and how still worse it could be. … Continue reading

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Pesach

I am not going to riff on the 4 Questions. We all know why this night (and the next and the next, etc.) is different from all other nights. Nor the 4 Sons/Children (wise/wicked/simple/doesn’t even know to ask a question). … Continue reading

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Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26)

(Comments mainly from 2014 and 2016, tweaked) Most people do not react kindly when you say “Leviticus,” which is the book we start reading this week.  Granted, it does contain some descriptions and prescriptions that are yucky or offensive or … Continue reading

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Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-52), Sukkot (Lev. 22:26 – 23:44; Numbers 29:12-16)

I’m zonked.  Comments are from 2016.  The current plan is for us to put up the sukkah tomorrow (Friday) and decorate Sunday.  All goes well, I’ll post pictures during the holiday.  One other note: The first day of Sukkot this … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest, most solemn day of the Jewish calendar. On it, our fates for the coming year are metaphorically sealed; actually, there’s a grace period through the 7th day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah. Yom Kippur is clearly described … Continue reading

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Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27)

(From 2016)  Last week’s Torah portion, Acharei Mot, was full of instructions for purification by means of atonement, sacrifices, and abstention from forbidden sexual contacts.  Now that everyone’s been purified and prepped, they are ready for the next stage: Holiness. … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1 – 18:30)

First, a few notes from the calendar.  Then we get back to Leviticus. The 8th day of Passover, which was on Shabbat this year, is not observed in Israel nor by Reform Jews.  In Israel, they simply went ahead last … Continue reading

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