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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47)

Sometimes I babble.  Sometimes I say too little.  How this ties in to Parashat Shemini, you’ll read below. First, a delayed shout-out to Yehuda W., who correctly identified Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the 6th day of Chanukah, as the Sabbath besides … Continue reading

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7th and 8th Days of Passover

Yes, Passover lasts for several days after the sedarim.  It is celebrated for 7 days in Israel (stop gloating, Elliott!) and by Reform Jews and for 8 by Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside Israel. Like the 1st and 2nd days, … Continue reading

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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

Why?  That simple question pertains to matters ranging from mundane to existential and arouses every feeling from curiosity to wonder to intense pain, depending on how connected we feel.  For example, why did Nathan Chen fall apart on Olympic ice?  … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me.” That verse, Exodus 19:4, is in this week’s Torah reading, right before the Big Game.  Coincidence?  I think not.  … Continue reading

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Beshallach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), Shabbat Shirah, Tu B’Shvat

Shabbat Shirah – the Sabbath of Song.  How appropriate, since tomorrow is also the birthday of both Mozart and my daughter.  More on singing below. When we last left the Israelites, they were not yet singing.  Pharaoh now realizes he … Continue reading

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Vayeira (Gen. 18:1-22:24)

Parashat Vayeira includes a lot of stories, each one having some negative or ambiguous aspect, even the birth of a long (really long) awaited son. I often avoid discussing the near-sacrifice of Isaac here, but I think I’ll stop dancing … Continue reading

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Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9-15)

Today and tomorrow we observe Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of a new month, for Cheshvan, aka Marcheshvan.  The rabbis say the “mar” comes from the Hebrew for “bitter,” since poor Cheshvan has no holidays in it (for which I am … Continue reading

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