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Korach: This year I’m on your side

I really don’t know what to do with this parasha this week. It’s Korach. Every year, I admit I struggle with this text; what is it that Korach did so wrong?  Korach (who was from the tribe of Levi, like … Continue reading

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B’ha’alotcha: Meltdown in the Wilderness

We’ve all seen the meltdowns. The child in the grocery store, that moment when you realize you’ve gone on  One. Errand. Too. Many.  We know how hard it is for the adult in charge, and we resolve to be empathetic, … Continue reading

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Bamidbar/Shavuot: ultimate folk festival

I love going to folk festivals. I used to go all the time. There’s something about a huge group of people, all facing the main stage, waiting expectantly for the groups to perform, gathering the entire crowd into a remarkably … Continue reading

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Behar: Holy Land

We are still at the Mountain, and we’ve been here for a long time. In this week’s parasha Behar, we are still at the base of Mt Sinai, hearing more about what life is going to be like once the … Continue reading

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Emor: Choose to participate

When is Rosh Hashanah this year? How many times have you asked that question? You know the answer is always the same, right? Rosh Hashanah is pretty much always the first of Tishrei.  Passover? Yep, always the 15th of Nisan? … Continue reading

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Kedoshim: The real giving tree

I have never been a fan of banning books. I love books, and I’m even glad for the opportunity to read a book that ultimately, I don’t even like. It hones my analysis, sharpens my knowledge of what I like … Continue reading

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Tazria-Metzora: The cost of being Jewish

Tazria-Metzora – one of those parshiot (weekly Torah portions) that we either skip over or read with some sort of “yuk” factor interest. It’s all about skin diseases, impurities of the body and building (read the part about a home … Continue reading

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