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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

Good old Emor.  We run into parts of this portion 4 times a year: first and second days of Sukkot, second day of Pesach, and the regular weekly reading.  This is not surprising, because Emor includes instructions for observing the … 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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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23), Lag B’Omer

Emor is one of those portions a Torah reader gets a lot of mileage out of, since a chunk of it, 22:26-23:44, is also read on the first 2 days of Sukkot (day 1 was my son’s Bar Mitzvah – … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1-18:30)

Acharei Mot is usually read as part of a double portion with Kedoshim (19:1-20:27).  Where Acharei Mot concerns rituals and atonement for past behavior, Kedoshim includes a lot of laws concerning personal behavior.  We’ll get to that next week. This … Continue reading

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Metzora (Lev. 14:1 – 15:33), Shabbat HaGadol

This week’s reading continues the instructions concerning tzara’at.   Once the priest declares a metzora healed, the purification begins so that the outcast can be readmitted into the society.  The priest takes 2 birds, cedar wood, crimson thread, and hyssop; slaughters … Continue reading

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Tazria (Lev. 12:1 – 13:59), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9 – 15), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1 – 20)

This week, a Torah triple header: 3 readings, 3 books, 3 scrolls.  In addition to the regular weekly reading, Tazria (Lev. 12:1-13:59), there’s a special reading about prescribed sacrifices (Num. 28:9-15) because it’s Rosh Chodesh, the first of the month, … Continue reading

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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47), Shabbat Parah

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 before Passover on which we … Continue reading

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