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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

In this portion, there is a big mood shift, from the excitement of the final pre-march tasks to the continuous kvetching you’d expect of cranky four-year-olds. Aaron finishes setting up the divinely designed, 7-branched gold menorah.  The Levites are ritually … Continue reading

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Torah Portion Humor – Tazria (Lev.12:1 – 13:59), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9 – 15), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1 – 20)

This week’s Torah portion, Tazria, delves further into causes of ritual impurity, not generally one’s favorite topic. At least it’s short.  It concerns ritual impurity associated with childbirth and with tzara’at, a skin affliction, formerly incorrectly identified with leprosy (Hansen’s disease), … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

Whine. Kvetch. Whine, whine, whine. Kvetch. And this reading starts out so positively.  As if we’re having a lovely dream or a happily-ever-after story read to us as we drift off.  Then we wake up to a bleak reality.  The … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

Summertime, and I’m feelin’ lazy… From 2013: “This morning, after minyan (yes, we got one), the rabbi urged us to go to services tomorrow, noting happily that the reading was now back into a narrative mode.  Years ago, another rabbi … Continue reading

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Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33)

“Eeewww! Gross!” That’s the typical reaction to the Torah portions Tazria (Lev. 12:1- 13:59) and Metzora (Lev. 14:1-15:33), especially if you’re 12 and have just been told this will be your Bar or Bat Mitzvah portion.  At least this year, … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

This week’s portion is of two moods.  The beginning is a continuation of the preparations before finally setting out from Sinai.   Aaron lights the lamps of the 7-branched menorah.  The Levites are officially designated and ritually purified, including a full … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

This week’s portion, B’Haalotekha, starts out rather peacefully.  We read instructions concerning the gold menorah; the final preparation of the Levites (including a full-body shave); and the institution of Pesach Sheni, a second Passover a month later, for those who … Continue reading

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