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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

At first blush, Parashat Eikev seems to be just more of the same: obey=reward, disobey=punishment.  There are consequences to actions.  But mechanical obedience isn’t enough, not by a long shot. Moses tells the Israelites they can have a wonderful future, … Continue reading

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Behukkotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)

This week, we come to the end of Leviticus.  [Stop cheering.  A lot of bad stuff happens in Numbers.  In fact, one might look at the annual reading of Leviticus as a means of delaying our reading about the disasters … Continue reading

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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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