Monthly Archives: May 2012

Naso: Sotah and Salem

  Sotah:  An accused wife, brought to the Tabernacle by a jealous husband, and made to kneel, uncover her head, and drink a bitter water solution concocted by the Priest,  to determine her innocence or guilt. It was irrelevant as … Continue reading

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Bamidbar: Following a standard

This is a rare week.  The weekly Torah portion lined up exactly with the portion we were studying in my wondrous,  weekly Torah class, “Kaftor v’ferach.”  (We named ourselves, of course!)  We started Bamidbar actually a couple of weeks ago, … Continue reading

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Behar: Jubilee!

Thou shalt re-boot your economy every fifty years. Ok, it doesn’t really say that at the end of Leviticus, but that’s sort of what’s going on.  In Behar,  we encounter the Jubilee year.  “You shall count off seven weeks of … Continue reading

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Emor: Bones

“These are My set times.”  (Lev. 23:3)  This phrase  shows up during this week’s Torah portion, Emor, as we read of God’s favorite holidays, Shabbat, Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot, Yom Kippur.  On each of them, we are told to rest, take … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot: Finding a new scapegoat

I can’t be the only person to have seen the connection between this week’s parasha, Acharei Mot, and last week’s historic decision by Israel’s Schechter Rabbinical Assembly  (which corresponds to the Conservative Movement here in America), to finally accept gay … Continue reading

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