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Yom Kippur

In biblical Hebrew there are about 20 different words which denote “sin.” That’s from an article in the Jewish Virtual Library, with lots of sources.  Yes, it’s almost Yom Kippur.  This is the culmination of the Ten Days of Penitence, at the … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot–Kedoshim

This week: sex and holiness. But first, a note on Lag B’Omer, which occurs next Thursday.  “Lag” is 33 using the Hebrew alphabet: lamed=30 plus gimel=3.  Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of “counting the omer” (a barley measure, now … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur 5778

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year, the day on which our fates for the coming year, which had been written in a book on Rosh Hashanah, are sealed. [Even medieval rabbis interpreted this metaphorically.  And there’s a grace … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot – Kedoshim (Lev. 61:1 – 20:27)

I am currently working on a presentation for this coming Sunday, on how “natural” versus “man-made” items are valued in Jewish tradition and thus too mentally distracted to think a lot about atonement, forbidden sexual relationships, and holiness, the major … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur.  The climax of the 10 Days of Repentance.  The day on which our fates for the coming year, written in a book on Rosh Hashanah, are sealed.  OK, as I noted last week, even medieval commentators tended to … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1-18:30)

Acharei Mot is usually read as part of a double portion with Kedoshim (19:1-20:27).  Where Acharei Mot concerns rituals and atonement for past behavior, Kedoshim includes a lot of laws concerning personal behavior.  We’ll get to that next week. This … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Lev. 16:1-20:27)

Another double portion.  But first – Next week, May 7, is Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of counting the omer (the letters lamed ל and gimel ג are assigned the values 30 and 3, respectively).  A minor holiday, it is … Continue reading

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