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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47)

I am still foggily transitioning from Passover.  The boxes are packed but have not yet been moved to the basement.  And it’s a rainy day.  I remember a Sesame Street song from a few decades ago, It’s a Rainy Day, … Continue reading

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Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36), Shabbat HaGadol, First Two Days of Pesach

Except for the Torah readers assigned to chant Parashat Tzav tomorrow, I doubt anyone is really thinking a whole lot about its contents, since Pesach (Passover) starts Monday night and most of us are preoccupied with the requisite cleaning and … Continue reading

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Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36)

What is there to say about Parashat Tzav?  Ashes, offerings (burnt, meal, ordination, sin, guilt, and, especially, well-being), and ordination.  Here’s a little more, from 2011, with new text underlined and removed text identified by strikethrough: “This week’s portion begins … Continue reading

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Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10)

Well, it’s still February, but we’ve passed the half-way point.  The wild temperature swings – high about 15 one day, about 55 a few days later, then back to about 35 – have eased for now.  I watched my oh-no-it’s-still-February … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47)

Previously in Leviticus… The holidays are over.  We’re still counting the omer until Shavuot, and there are still a few leftover Pesach things to pack or unpack, but the daffodils and hyacinths and trees are blooming and it’s time to … Continue reading

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Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36), Shabbat HaGadol

This week’s portion, Tzav (“command,” verb, imperative) gets more into the nitty gritty of the rituals of the burnt offering, the meal offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the offering of well-being, the sacrifice of well-being, and the offerings … Continue reading

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

This week, the priests’ ordination is followed by tragic consequences. Then we learn about kosher and unkosher animals and ritual impurity (hey, this is Leviticus, after all).  And it’s another special Shabbat on the way to Passover (3rd of 4) … Continue reading

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