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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

This portion is only 87 verses long but covers close to 38 years, at the end of which the Israelites are encamped in the plains of Moab, on the bank of the Jordan, opposite Jericho.  Yet we learn very little … Continue reading

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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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Beshallach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), Shabbat Shirah, Tu B’Shvat

Shabbat Shirah – the Sabbath of Song.  How appropriate, since tomorrow is also the birthday of both Mozart and my daughter.  More on singing below. When we last left the Israelites, they were not yet singing.  Pharaoh now realizes he … Continue reading

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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

Compared with the sturm und drang of the last few readings, this week’s portion is relatively subdued and is partly tying up loose ends.  What follows below are mainly comments from 2013.  Two additional thoughts: 1.)  According to Rashi, everything … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

Summertime, and I’m feelin’ lazy… From 2013: “This morning, after minyan (yes, we got one), the rabbi urged us to go to services tomorrow, noting happily that the reading was now back into a narrative mode.  Years ago, another rabbi … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

It’s a time of change. The country’s new administration has no value for the life-saving achievements of the past.  A group of “others” is labeled a possible security threat and is kept under harsh control.  And a group of women … Continue reading

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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

This week’s portion concerns purity, death, and water. Chapter 19 includes the laws of the red heifer, parah adumah, which is needed for the ritual purification of those who have come into contact with a dead body.  An unblemished, completely … Continue reading

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