Tag Archives: Rashi

Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

Addendum to last week’s citation suggesting each of the ten plagues could be matched up with an Egyptian god:  A reader consulted a young Egyptology expert, who agreed the analogies were forced and, further, were full of descriptive errors.  (Thanks, … Continue reading

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Mase’ei (Numbers 33:1 – 36:13)

First, a word on the haftarot for the next few months.  Unlike most of the rest of the year, these are determined by the calendar, not the Torah portion.  The haftarah this week is Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4 . {That’s for … Continue reading

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Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27)

The Passover stuff is packed away for another year, we’re still looking for some of the chometzdich stuff we packed away for the holiday, and normality is returning. This week’s portion, Kedoshim (“holy,” plural adjective), has a lot of laws … Continue reading

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Metzora (Lev.14:1-15:33)

Metzora opens with a description of the rituals for purification of a metzora, i.e., a person suffering from tzara’at (some skin affliction that is not Hansen’s disease).  Then houses with tzara’at are described (reddish or greenish streaks) as is how to deal with them.  … Continue reading

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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

This week, we get into the stories of Abraham and Sarah, born Abram and Sarai.  At the beginning of Lech L’cha, Abram is 75 and Sarai, 65.  They are childless.  Abram’s father Terah had intended to move from Ur to … Continue reading

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Torah Portion Humor – Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

First, the answer to last week’s BONUS question: The haftarah verse found in the liturgy is Jeremiah 2:2, which is one of the Zichronot (Remembrance) Verses in the Musaf service on Rosh Hashanah. This double portion ends the book of … Continue reading

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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, the Israelites are about two years into their 40-year trek.  At the end of the portion, it’s 38 years later, and they’re encamped on the eastern bank of the Jordan, getting ready … Continue reading

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