Monthly Archives: March 2014

Tazria: Life in context

Oh, Tazria, you strange and troublesome parasha.  Coming as you do, a couple of weeks before Passover, as I wonder why I bother with the burdensome details and literal and figurative heavy lifting of getting ready for Pesach, I read, … Continue reading

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Shemini: Drawing a line

This is where I draw the line. And that’s Leviticus. The end. Well, that would make for a pretty short blog posting here, so I’ll elaborate. Leviticus (Vayikra) is all about drawing lines between things – this is ok, this … Continue reading

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Tzav: Recipes

I have some recipe cards from my grandmother that I cherish.  Grandma wasn’t all that great a cook, although she did make some pretty mean matzah balls and brisket, and we all love her Passover muffins.   Her salmon patties…..not so … Continue reading

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Vayikra: Seeing through the smoke

God called out. Vayikra.  So begins the book of Leviticus, probably the least relevant to our lives today.  Or so it would seem.The first half of Vayikra is all about “korbanot”…offerings, badly translated as sacrifices.  The word comes from the … Continue reading

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