Tag Archives: Nehama Leibowitz

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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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

Busy week. Comments from 2018, wistfully: “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me.” That verse, Exodus 19:4, is in this week’s Torah reading, right before the … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

Locusts, darkness, the slaying of the firstborn, the first Passover, THE Exodus, and then – tefillin? It is difficult for us city dwellers to appreciate the havoc a plague of locusts (yes, “plague” is the term for a group of … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

This week, representatives of a minority group officially confront the leader of the country, an arrogant, ignorant, stubborn man. He believes he is all-powerful, the but his own close advisors soon begin deserting him. I refer of course to the … Continue reading

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Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Isaac, Rebecca, Esau, and Jacob: the prototypical dysfunctional family.  Sibling rivalry, blatant parental favoritism, a breakdown of communication between husband and wife, taking advantage of the infirmity of an old man.  And lots of scheming. This portion should be Isaac’s, … Continue reading

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

Comments are from 2015 and 2011: (2015) Happy Tu B’Av!  If you recall Tu Bishvat and Tisha B’Av, you should be able to figure out that Tu B’Av means “15th day of the month of Av,” which is today, July … Continue reading

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