Tag Archives: wilderness

Beshallach (Ex. 13:17–17:16), Shabbat Shirah, Tu Bishvat

With everyone busily preparing for the blizzard due to hit us tonight and tomorrow (Gas for the snow blower? Check. Milk? Check. Bread? Check.  Working flashlight?  Hand-cranked radio?  Somewhere around here. Potent potables? Check.), it’s hard to accept that Tu … Continue reading

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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)

Have you ever seen an intense movie, or read an engrossing book, where, as you get near the end, it seems that the author loses energy, or gets tired of the story, and just wants to tie things up as … Continue reading

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Mase’ei (Numbers 33:1 – 36:13)

First, a word on the haftarot for the next few months.  Unlike most of the rest of the year, these are determined by the calendar, not the Torah portion.  The haftarah this week is Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4 . {That’s for … Continue reading

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

Over the course of the next few days, we will start reading the book of Deuteronomy; mark a special Sabbath by a special haftarah chanted to the melody used for the book of Lamentations; and, starting Monday night, observe Tisha … Continue reading

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Torah Portion Humor – Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

First, the answer to last week’s BONUS question: The haftarah verse found in the liturgy is Jeremiah 2:2, which is one of the Zichronot (Remembrance) Verses in the Musaf service on Rosh Hashanah. This double portion ends the book of … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

First, a shout out to my favorite daughter, Rosalyn E. Plotzker, M.D., who became privileged to use those last two initials on May 29: YAY!!! OK, that happy news should partially inoculate us against this downer of a portion. Why … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

             This morning, after minyan (yes, we got one), the rabbi urged us to go to services tomorrow, noting happily that the reading was now back into a narrative mode.  Years ago, another rabbi offered … Continue reading

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