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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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Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

[Noah is pronounced with a guttural h in Hebrew] Last year, I wrote: “This is another of those Bible portions that get whitewashed to be made suitable for children.  Think about it.  All humans, including babies and children, and all … Continue reading

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Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20)

Normally, the Shabbat service before the start of a new month includes a special blessing.  The exception: Tishrei, the month whose first day is Rosh Hashanah.  That’s because, what with a shofar blowing every weekday (I finally made a real … Continue reading

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Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

This week: Noah (guttural “h” in Hebrew) and his ark, the discovery of wine, and the Tower of Babel.  Previously, in Parashat (the Torah portion of) Bereishit, the Lord decided to wipe out life on earth and start over.  Now, … Continue reading

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

I bet you thought you’d get away with a normal Shabbat this week – no second scroll, no extra psalms – since the holidays are over (we’ll take down the sukkah on Sunday, really).  Ha!  This Shabbat is also Rosh … Continue reading

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