Tag Archives: Miriam

Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

87 verses of water, purity, and death, ending on a decided upbeat. From 2013: At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, the Israelites are about two years into their 40-year trek.  At the end of the portion, it’s 38 … 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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Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), Shabbat Shirah, Tu B’Shvat

I love singing.  But what I like best is not simply singing per se, though I do sing in the shower, enjoy chanting liturgical texts, and have dabbled in karaoke.  It’s singing in a chorus. Since I’m an alto, my … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

I’m taking a week off from thinking.  So, these comments are from January 2013, except for additions in italics. A new year, a new book, and a familiar yet still-exciting story to curl up with on these cold, dark winter … Continue reading

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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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