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Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

This weekend:  a new book and a lesser-known major holiday The book is called Numbers in English, Bamidbar (in the wilderness) or Bemidbar (in [the] wilderness of…i.e., Sinai) in Hebrew.  While Bamidbar suits the book as a whole, Numbers actually better … Continue reading

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Bemidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

Numbers!  Lots of them! Actually, though its English name is Numbers, the book’s (and weekly portion’s) Hebrew name, “Bamidbar,” means in the wilderness, (or, directly from the text, “Bemidbar,” in the wilderness of…). Of course, that’s how many people feel … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

This week’s Torah portion is the longest single portion in the annual cycle, 176 verses.  There’s a lot of repetition in Ch. 7, which hammers home that every single tribe gave identical gifts for the dedication of the Tabernacle, listing … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, even if you’re stuck with warm, foggy weather.  We went out for Chinese last night, and I expect to see a movie today.   I have many happy memories of Christmas seasons.  … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12)

We’re heading down the home stretch, both of the holiday season and of the annual Torah reading.  We have four, count ‘em, four, (except three for Reform) consecutive special days.  On Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, the first Torah reading is … Continue reading

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Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

With this double portion, we end the book of Numbers.  This is really the end of the Israelites’ journey as well, since Deuteronomy is Moses’ month-long valedictory.  Here, the Israelites continue to tie up loose ends and promote order over … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

As we head down the home stretch of the year 5774, this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, shows Moses continuing to exhort the Israelites about how to behave in the future, aware that his own tie with them is coming … Continue reading

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