Tag Archives: Moses

Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

Dam, tzifarde’ah, kinim, arov, dever, sh’chin, barad.  Blood, frogs, lice, flies/gnats/swarms of little flying things, cattle plague, boils, hail.  The first seven of the 10 plagues.  Why don’t I feel any excitement, any sense of  “Oh boy!” or any desire … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

A malevolent government that feels threatened by an ever-growing group of thriving immigrants. Defiant women who resist official cruelty.  A young man whose temper forces him to hide for decades.  And God, who catches the now old man’s attention as … Continue reading

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Vayeilekh (Deut. 31:1-30), Shabbat Shuvah

Since Yom Kippur is fast approaching (ha ha), there are some tips on fasting at  http://www.jewfaq.org/fasttips.htmtohelp that you might find helpful.  What I find helpful are weaning off caffeine starting a few days before, drinking a lot of water beforehand, … Continue reading

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Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20)

5779 is almost over.  The annual Torah reading will end and begin again a couple weeks after that.  Parashat Nitzavim is a pithy 40 verses, in which Moses summarizes what the Israelites must do: Choose life.  (30:19-20): “19 I call heaven … Continue reading

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

This week: a little holiday about love, the 10 Commandments redux, the Shema (pay attention!), and comfort. Tu B’Av (the 15th of Av, this year August 15-16) is a minor holiday that dates at least from Second Temple period (516 … Continue reading

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Devarim (Deut. 1:1-3:22), Shabbat Chazon, Tisha B’Av

Comments are both current and, as indicated, from 2014, very lightly edited.  My plan to write all new comments was derailed by my husband’s appendectomy yesterday morning. It was all incredibly efficient. The total time from onset of symptoms for … Continue reading

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Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30:2- 36:13)

It’s August.  I am grouchy.  People in our increasingly mean and cruel government continue to get away with ignoring subpoenas and court orders and even their own rules, destroying the hopes of refugees, scarring children emotionally for life, breaking the … Continue reading

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