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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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V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12), Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah

The holiday season is actually drawing to a close, but there are still a couple of special days to get through. The seventh and last day of Sukkot is known as Hoshana Rabbah (“Great Hoshana/Supplication”). It’s your last opportunity to … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deut. 26:1 – 29:8)

  We are in the middle of the month of Elul, a time for cheshbon ha-nefesh, a personal accounting as the High Holy Days approach.   At my shul, the Ark is now covered in a white curtain, rather than the … Continue reading

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Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

[I will be away next week, so you are getting this a week early.  The comments are from 2014, but the jokes are newly chosen.] In this week’s portion, Eikev, Moses assures the Israelites that they can have a wonderful … Continue reading

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Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), Shabbat Chazon, Tisha B’Av

 [Comments partly derived from 2009 TPH]. I love words.  I love their rhythm, their music, how they evolve, how they feel in my mouth.  I occasionally make a point of memorizing bits of text I find particularly vivid, from sources … Continue reading

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Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)

This is a very odd Torah portion.  It’s one of a handful named for a non-Israelite and its featured character is another non-Israelite.  The Israelites do not appear until the last nine verses, (spoiler alert) which relate an episode of … Continue reading

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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

Good old Emor.  We run into parts of this portion 4 times a year: first and second days of Sukkot, second day of Pesach, and the regular weekly reading.  This is not surprising, because Emor includes instructions for observing the … Continue reading

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