Monthly Archives: February 2012

Terumah: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

“Vaʼasuli mikdash vʼshachanti bʼtocham” God tells Moses to tell the people to “Make Me a Sanctuary so I will dwell among them” (Ex. 25:8)  For many commentators, what happened at Sinai was like God and Israel getting married – choosing … Continue reading

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Mishpatim: crossing a line

The language of the Torah changed drastically in this week’s parasha, Mishpatim. Gone are the grand epic descriptions of the Divine encounter.  Gone are the summonses and treasured peoples and lightning and thunder. Mishpatim is about rules.  And more rules.  … Continue reading

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Yitro: she’s not heavy, she’s my mother

I spent some time this evening helping my mom put together some clothes for her trip to the rehab center after she gets her brand-spanking-new hip next week.  Being my mom, she’s trying to anticipate every possible thing she can … Continue reading

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Be-shalach: Sing it out, sing it loud

Sometimes I open the next week’s text and just stare at it.  Some parashiot are so huge and layered and profound I just don’t even know where to start.  That would be the case this week, with Beshallach.  Crossing the … Continue reading

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