Monthly Archives: March 2012

Tzav: Inside their heads – Moses and Aaron

A Midrash.  Aaron is about to be ordained as High Priest, and there will be a very public, very ornate ceremony for him.  These two brothers – what are they thinking at this moment? Moses:  I should be proud of … Continue reading

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Vayikra and Passover ‘comin: Details and more

Two weeks to Passover.  What are you doing, reading this?  Go clean something! But seriously.  This weekend is Rosh Chodesh Nissan – the first day of the first month of the Jewish calendar year… Nissan; (if you are confused and … Continue reading

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Vayakhel: The fabric of a community

Torah portions are usually named after the first word or two in the section.  This week, it’s “vayakahel” –it’s a verb based on the word for community (kahal), and it’s often translated as “convoked”.  Moses “communitied the community”.  Since leaving … Continue reading

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Ki Tisa-

I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler.  I find people who can do any kind of visual art absolutely amazing.  It’s as if they have an extra eye or an extra muscle, some sort of extra sense that … Continue reading

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T’tzaveh: One hundred blessings….who’s got the time?

This is going to be a bang-up summer for my extended family – three graduations , including our daughter’s, a nephew’s wedding, and a young cousin’s bar mitzvah. Lots of special times. Lots of marking moments, lots of ritual.  Ritual … Continue reading

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