Tag Archives: Nachmanides

Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47), Shabbat Parah (Num. 19:1-22)

From 2016, edited a bit. This week: a stupendous ceremony that ends tragically, clean and unclean animals, and an extra portion about a red-haired young cow. We begin with the ending.  Tomorrow is Shabbat Parah, the third of four Shabbatot … Continue reading

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Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26), Shabbat Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19), Purim

[Taxes. Nagging cough.  Fatigue.  Not really in the mood for Leviticus or Purim.  I will send out Purim jokes separately, closer to the holiday.  Comments are from 2016.] Interesting mix of moods this week: We start Leviticus (Vayikra) with instructions … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35)

Getting a new kitchen floor installed is more discombobulating than I’d expected.  Yes, it’s done and it’s lovely: In fact, the kitchen looks so nice empty it’s a shame to put any furniture back.  I’ll start that today, but for … Continue reading

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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

Why Abraham? The story of Abram (later Abraham) and his family starts with a command to him from the Lord (12:1-3): The LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land … Continue reading

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Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26)

This week, we start reading the book of Leviticus (Vayikra).  I realize that there is probably something somewhere in Leviticus to annoy and/or offend pretty much everyone who is reading this.  And there’s very little in the way of narrative.  … 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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Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), Shabbat Chazon, Tisha B’Av

A new book.  Or is it?  Is it just a review, the Reader’s Digest or Cliffs Notes version of the preceding four? Deuteronomy is definitely different from the other books.  Many laws appear in it and not earlier in the … Continue reading

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