Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tzav: The old and the new rituals

My days and my house are about to be awash (literally!) in ritual preparation. It’s almost Passover, and of all the holidays of the year, this is the one that breathes rituals. From the cleaning of the house, to the … Continue reading

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Vayikra: Cows, sheep, goats and God

Vayikra – And God called. And so begins a lot of instructions about killing and offering up a lot of animals for all sorts of reasons, all with the purpose of getting closer to God (“korbanot”, the word for offering, … Continue reading

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Vayakhel: All hands together

“And everyone who excelled in ability and everyone whose spirit moved him came, bringing to Adonai an offering for the work of the Tent of Meeting” (Ex 3:21) This is Vayakel, one of the “Home Depot” portions of Exodus. Lots … Continue reading

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Ki Tisa: Touched by holiness

Ki Tissa – it’s all about the Calf, ‘bout the Calf. Though the Golden Calf story does take up a hefty piece of the parasha this week, something else caught my eye; two things, actually. The beginning of the parasha … Continue reading

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