Category Archives: Holidays

Bamidbar: Words create worlds

Bamidbar. In the wilderness.  We are at the beginning of the book of Bamidbar, starting with the first parasha, of the same name.  We’re beginning the quintessential journey, the defining environment of our entire history.  We are in the middle … Continue reading

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Passover 2016

There really is only one thing to write about this whole week – in case you’ve been under a pile of chametz, it’s Passover this Shabbat. So, not only does the parasha schedule change, but our entire outlook and surroundings … Continue reading

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Not Vayishlach: Thanksgiving

I’m taking a break from cooking, preparing for a very joyous weekend.  We’re expanding the joy beyond Thanksgiving, given that my aunt is turning 90 this weekend, all the cousins and cousins’ children are coming into town, (most are staying … Continue reading

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That’s odd.  The calendar on my phone has each week’s Torah portion written in, but it was blank.  I logged on to hebcal.com to see why there was no Torah portion listed for this Shabbat.  I knew it couldn’t be … Continue reading

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Vayelech: Coming and going

“Moses went and spoke these things to all Israel.  He said to them:  I am now 120 years old, I can no longer be active (come and go)”  (Deut 31:1-2) There’s a period of time in our lives when we … Continue reading

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Passover Shabbat: Carving our own tablets

Take two.  Tablets, that is. This weekend we take a moment out of the regular Shabbat cycle, which puts us in Leviticus, and instead we move back to Exodus 33/34.  In and among the verses is the connection to Passover, … Continue reading

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Pesach 5775 – our history and our future

It’s hours before Seder, and I’m finally getting to this page.  Apologies, but it’s been a long week, preparation, cooking, cleaning, and oh yes, cooking. Still I wanted to take a few minutes to put some thoughts down.  This year, … Continue reading

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