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Behar: the great Jubilee year

It’s tempting to think the entire Torah is about real estate, and in some ways, it is.  But this week’s parasha is really  about real estate. In Behar, we learn about the Jubilee year.  “The fiftieth year shall be a … Continue reading

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Metzora: Shave for the Brave

“On the seventh day, he shall shave off all his hair” (Lev. 17:9) This is Leviticus, so this instruction is given after someone has been in an “impure” state, and needs to move to a “pure” state.  Impure/pure tamei/tahor/impure/pure.  Disease/health/disease/health. … Continue reading

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Tazria: Life in context

Oh, Tazria, you strange and troublesome parasha.  Coming as you do, a couple of weeks before Passover, as I wonder why I bother with the burdensome details and literal and figurative heavy lifting of getting ready for Pesach, I read, … Continue reading

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Shemini: Drawing a line

This is where I draw the line. And that’s Leviticus. The end. Well, that would make for a pretty short blog posting here, so I’ll elaborate. Leviticus (Vayikra) is all about drawing lines between things – this is ok, this … Continue reading

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Tzav: Recipes

I have some recipe cards from my grandmother that I cherish.  Grandma wasn’t all that great a cook, although she did make some pretty mean matzah balls and brisket, and we all love her Passover muffins.   Her salmon patties…..not so … Continue reading

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Emor: Laying our communal hands

Now here’s an odd story in this week’s parasha, Emor,  not that there aren’t a few odd stories in our Torah.  One day, “There came out among the Israelites one whose mother was Israelite and whose father was Egyptian.  And … Continue reading

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This week’s parasha is called Boston.

Acharei Mot/Kedoshim. You will be holy because I am holy.  (Lev. 19:2) To be holy. To be whole.  Or to be filled with holes – filled with more empty spaces than not.  To be not-whole, not holy. This week there … Continue reading

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Tazria/Metzora: Staying on the life-side of the line

This week there is a double portion of Torah.  That is, we read two portions for the same Shabbat.  It happens other times in the year, so we can end up on Simchat Torah in the fall having gotten to … Continue reading

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Nadav and Avihu: Words may fail, but actions cannot

Well, it seems that I’ve gotten myself a week off on Torah portions.  Must have been Pesach that did it to me.  My apologies to those who noticed, and graciously didn’t fill my inbox with reminders.  To those who didn’t … Continue reading

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Shemini Passover: The holiness of discernment

Well, here we are in the middle of Passover, yet as always, there is another weekly Torah portion.  This time, it’s Shemini, and in my beautiful precious JPS Mikraot G’dolot, (it’s a big book with the bi-lingual Torah text and … Continue reading

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