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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47)

Ordination with a spectacular finish. Self-inflicted disaster. Kosher and unkosher animals. That’s this week’s Torah portion.  I’m currently zonked from Pesach and pandemic weirdness. But think how much worse it is for others and how still worse it could be. … Continue reading

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

I doubt anyone is really thinking a whole lot about Parashat Tzav. That’s often the case anyway when it is read right before Pesach (Passover), which starts Wednesday night, April 8 this year, most of us being preoccupied with the … Continue reading

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Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10), Shabbat Zachor (Deuteronomy 25:17-19)

Comments are from 2016 and 2018, edited. This Sabbath is Shabbat Zachor (“Remember!”), the second of the 4 special Sabbaths leading up to Passover.  It’s the Sabbath right before Purim. The added reading (Deut. 25:17-19) instructs us to remember Amalek, who perpetrated … 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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Tzav (Lev. 6:1 – 8:36)

This week: a coveted cleaning job, the “why” of sacrifices, and the ordination of Aaron and his sons.  First, more on the olah, the burnt (totally) offering. After it burns overnight, only ashes remain. The priest, dressed in linen ritual … Continue reading

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Pekudei (Exodus 38:21 – 40:38)

I was wearing a comfy flannel nightgown. As I recall, it was blue, with stripes, a bit of lace, and lots of little flowers. I was in my college dorm, in the hallway. As I headed toward the communal bathroom, … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47)

Sometimes I babble.  Sometimes I say too little.  How this ties in to Parashat Shemini, you’ll read below. First, a delayed shout-out to Yehuda W., who correctly identified Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the 6th day of Chanukah, as the Sabbath besides … Continue reading

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