Monthly Archives: May 2014

Naso: J’accuse

Every once in a while, we come upon a Torah portion that is just plain troubling.  Naso is one of those. If there was ever a section that was disturbing, it is the story of the Sotah (Num 5:12-31), the … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bamidbar: The town square

And……we’re still at Sinai.  Here it is, a whole book and a half after getting to Sinai, and receiving the Torah, and……we’re still there.  The rest of Exodus and all of Leviticus?  Still at Sinai, as we begin the book … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

B’chukotai: Silence is the ally of terror

I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down and no one will terrify you.” (Lev. 25:6)   When I became a parent, I thought a lot about my children’s safety, as one would expect.  All the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Behar: the great Jubilee year

It’s tempting to think the entire Torah is about real estate, and in some ways, it is.  But this week’s parasha is really  about real estate. In Behar, we learn about the Jubilee year.  “The fiftieth year shall be a … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Holy people.  Holy time. Holy  Emor, Batman.  That is, Emor, this week’s parasha.  That’s what Emor is about – holy people and holy time. The first part of the parasha is about the Priests; what they can and can’t do, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment