Tag Archives: sabbatical

Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17) ), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Numbers 28:9-15)

I can see without glasses!  OK, close-up stuff is blurry without reading glasses.  But driving is wonderful, and I can see the trees’ individual leaves, and I can see where I am when I wake up.  This, friends, is due … 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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Behar-Behukkotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34)

This week, we finish Leviticus with a double portion.  The Book of Numbers will have a lot more action and cover almost all that remains of the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness. Behar (Lev. 25:1-26:2) concerns the sabbatical (shmitta) and … Continue reading

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Behar (Lev. 25:1-26:2)

Another short portion, only 57 verses.  It begins and ends on the same note:  The Sabbath.  The Promised Land is to be given a rest every seven years, just as people must observe one every seven days.  The land is … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8)

I just had lunch with a scientist who wants to be a patent agent (or thinks he wants to be), and I was reminded how boring it can be to read a patent straight through from start to finish.  Reading … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Numbers 28:9-15)

  This week’s and the next two weeks’ Torah portions contain the bulk of the laws in Deuteronomy.  The overall theme in Re’eh is summarized in the first few verses, 11:26-28: 26 See, this day I set before you a blessing … 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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