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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

(From 2015) This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, starts cheerfully and gets increasingly dark.  We first read about ceremonial offerings to be brought by the Israelites in their new land.  As I noted last year (2014), “First, we read instructions for the … Continue reading

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Behar-Behukkotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34)

I’m having an unusually busy week.  Besides the usual (synagogue teen program, music lesson, choral rehearsal, adult ed classes, volunteer reading to 3-5-year-olds):  an annual Hadassah event, 2 additional choral rehearsals, two car-repair trips, one medical check-up, one concert (whence … Continue reading

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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

First, last week’s quick quiz: What are two other Sabbaths (besides Shabbat Nachamu) named after a haftarah? Answer:  Shabbat Chazon and Shabbat Shuvah.  And which 7 verses of the haftarah appear in Handel’s Messiah?  Answer: Isaiah 40: 1-4, 5, 9, … Continue reading

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Behar-Behukkotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34)

[Yes, I know this is a week early, but I will be away next week, so you can read it now or save it until then.] With this double portion, we close the book of Leviticus.  Starting next week: Numbers: … Continue reading

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Shemini Atzeret, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12), Simchat Torah, Bereishit (Gen. 1:1-6: 8)

Today is Hoshana Rabbah, the 7th day of Sukkot, the very end of the penitential season (according to the Zohar, the decree sealed on Yom Kippur isn’t delivered until Hoshana Rabbah).  Unlike last year, I didn’t make it to synagogue … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

As we head down the home stretch of the year 5774, this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, shows Moses continuing to exhort the Israelites about how to behave in the future, aware that his own tie with them is coming … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

This week: absolute disaster, which might have been foreseen. Moses sends out 12 chieftains, a leader from each tribe (except Levi), to get very specific information about the now-nearby land of Canaan.  Why?  While we read in Numbers 13:1-2 that … Continue reading

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