Monthly Archives: March 2013

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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Passover: finding meaning in the ritual

It’s spring!  Well, not really, but it’s Passover, so it might as well be spring.  The spring-ish weather can find us delving into our spring rituals.  Get the bicycles out.  Clean the grill.   Maybe clean a few closets or something. … Continue reading

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Vayikrah: the separateness of leadership

We begin the book of Vayikra this week, the book of Leviticus, with the portion of the same name, Vayikra…called, that is, God called to Moses.  People tend to cringe when you tell them you’re writing about Leviticus because the … Continue reading

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Passover 2013: Standing at the Wall of Liberation

I started leading women’s Seders about 25 years ago, and I was late to the table, so to speak.  My sister Jan Salzman, who is now a rabbi, got our family started with a homemade Haggadah, and my two sisters … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel/Pikudei: Kindling a different kind of fire

Positive vs negative. We need both, according to the markings on my batteries, but in general, we tend to agree that the positive is more…well, positive. “A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick … Continue reading

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