Monthly Archives: January 2014

Terumah: Bringing down a wall by building one

  And then a voice speaks to Moses:  Make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them. (Ex 25:8)   It’s time to build the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, so God will have a place to live among the Israelites. … Continue reading

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Mishpatim: Dad’s favorite phrase

One of my father’s favorite phrases was “It depends on whose ox is being gored.”  He said it whenever we were “discussing” a topic.    It was his way of making us consider the issue from someone else’s perspective.  Ever the … Continue reading

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Yitro: What possible relevance could this have?

“What possible relevance could the Torah have to your life, Anita?” I get that occasionally, actually, being a self-confessed Torah-geek.  More often, people not in the professional Jewish world just stare blankly at me when I tell them I go … Continue reading

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Beshallach: Sea of Endings

There was no turning back.  The people had crossed the Sea, the Egyptians were drowned.  The old life was over, and there was nothing but the future ahead, through the undifferentiated wilderness.  Well, there’s a happy thought. It must have … Continue reading

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