Tag Archives: Shabbat Shekalim

Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

I am still waiting for winter, especially a genuine snowstorm.  You may wonder why.  I do not ski, no longer skate, and have not gone hiking in the snow since about 1977 (Arnold Arboretum in Boston).  I also do not … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel (Exodus 35:1 – 38:20), Shabbat Shekalim

Ah, the wonders of the Hebrew calendar. When we have a leap year, like now, we don’t fool around; we add a whole month. So instead of reading a double portion, Vayak’hel-Pekudei (214 verses), we only need to read Vayak’hel … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

I was going to give you a discourse about the roles of law in society, the tension between law and justice, laws as living things that are allowed to wither away – even without formal repeal – as society finds … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

Chaos.  Law.  Orders coming down from above, some incomprehensible.  And what will we do with the resident aliens in our midst?  I refer, of course, to this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim (statutes). First:  Shabbat Shekalim is the first of four … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel (Ex. 35:1 – 38:20), Shabbat Shekalim

This week, we have two reasons for a sense of déjà vu.  First, this Sabbath is Shabbat Shekalim, the first of four special Shabbatot before Pesach on which we have an additional reading from a second scroll. This week, we … Continue reading

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