Tag Archives: Moses

Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11), Shabbat Nachamu

It’s August.  For me, this year, that means TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars,” with each day in August devoted to a single actor (today, Lon Chaney); going away on vacation; reviewing elementary Attic Greek and starting on Mendelsohn’s Elijah in … Continue reading

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Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

First, the answers to last week’s bonus questions: What verses in this (i.e., last week’s) haftarah from Jeremiah appear in the liturgy, and where do they appear? Jeremiah 2:2 has become part of the Rosh Hashanah liturgy, one of the … Continue reading

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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

Not feeling adequately up to par today to think, so the comments are from 2013, lightly edited.   We are basically in tying up loose ends mode.  The latest plague is stayed, the Israelites are saved, and Pinchas is explicitly rewarded … 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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Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1 – 40:38), Shabbat HaChodesh

  There are a lot of details this week.  What strikes me this year is the unity and joy of the people, as they generously and whole-heartedly donate their materials, time, energy, and expertise to building the Tabernacle and making … Continue reading

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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

Details, details. In the last few Torah portions, we’ve had the Exodus, the splitting of the sea, the giving of the Ten Commandments, and dozens of laws to help the Israelites set up a just and functioning society.  Moses has … Continue reading

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