Tag Archives: Miriam

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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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

This week’s portion is of two moods.  The beginning is a continuation of the preparations before finally setting out from Sinai.   Aaron lights the lamps of the 7-branched menorah.  The Levites are officially designated and ritually purified, including a full … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

I’ve been feeling somewhat out of sorts – sad and restless.  Maybe it’s the incessantly grey skies and wet chill.  I worry what will happen to the plants that have started to bud and bloom, believing it to be March.  … Continue reading

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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

Have you ever seen an intense movie, or read an engrossing book, where, as you get near the end, it seems that the author loses energy, or gets tired of the story, and just wants to tie things up as … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

This week’s portion, B’Haalotekha, starts out rather peacefully.  We read instructions concerning the gold menorah; the final preparation of the Levites (including a full-body shave); and the institution of Pesach Sheni, a second Passover a month later, for those who … Continue reading

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Beshallach (Ex. 13:17–17:16), Shabbat Shirah, Tu Bishvat

This is not a great time of year to be in a choral group.  In addition to omnipresent respiratory infections, a group’s carefully planned rehearsal schedule can be instantly derailed by the weather.  Yet I’m usually in two groups at … Continue reading

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