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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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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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