Tag Archives: Nehama Leibowitz

Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

Last week, we learned about pursuing justice to create a compassionate society.  This week, we read about 6 dozen laws that are meant to enable us to do that. The U.S. is not a theocracy.  However, I do get annoyed … Continue reading

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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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