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Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27)

Last week’s Torah portion, Acharei Mot, was full of instructions for purification by means of atonement, sacrifices, and abstention from forbidden sexual contacts.  Now that everyone’s been purified and prepped, they are ready for the next stage: Holiness. Indeed, this … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

First, a few words about the haftarot we’ve been reading, the seven Haftarot of Consolation between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Hashanah.  The 14th c. sage Rabbi David Abudarham described the seven as a dialogue (see Nehama Leibowitz, Studies in Devarim, … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Lev. 16:1-20:27)

Another double portion.  But first – Next week, May 7, is Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of counting the omer (the letters lamed ל and gimel ג are assigned the values 30 and 3, respectively).  A minor holiday, it is … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

I’m not sure why, but I’m having trouble focusing on the Torah portion, Ki Tetse, this morning.  So I looked back at what I’ve written over the years about it and pretty much combined comments from 2007 and 2009: The … 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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