Category Archives: Shabbat musings

What’s new this week in the weekly parasha? What does it have to say to me? How does it relate to my life? Hmmm.

Shemini: Chicken parmesan

“These are the creatures that you may eat from among all the land animals: any animal that has true hooves, with clefts through the hooves, and that chews the cud – such you may eat.” (Lev 11:3) We started keeping … Continue reading

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Tzav: Action words

Being a Priest (kohen) wasn’t for wimps. It was a really difficult, physically demanding job. He takes ashes to the fire and back to the altar. He carries ashes outside the camp. He keeps the fire in the Tabernacle burning. … Continue reading

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Vayikra: Tradition and Ritual

Is tradition the same as a ritual? Does a ritual have more or less meaning over time? Where does the meaning come from in the first place? From outside yourself, or from within? How do communal rituals compare to individual, … Continue reading

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Ki Tisa: Protect us, cover us.

There’s this wonderful aspect of Hebrew that never fails to keep me enthralled. Each word has a three letter root. If words have the same root letters, if they have the same “shoresh”, they’re connected, and it’s our profound challenge … Continue reading

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Tetzaveh and Purim: Extreme Project Runway

Clothing conceals. Clothing defines. Clothing elevates. Clothing is behind both this week’s parasha and the holiday of Purim, clothing in all of the roles it plays.  In this week’s parasha, Tetzaveh, there is a long complex description of Aaron’s vestments. … Continue reading

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Terumah: Over the rainbow?

“Find a place where you won’t get into any trouble!” “A place where I won’t get into any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto?” Well, Dorothy and Toto tried to find that place, over the rainbow. … Continue reading

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Bo: Hold your signs high

Meryem Yildirim, 7, left, sits on her father, Fatim, of Schaumburg, and Adin Bendat-Appell, 9, right, sits on his father, Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, of Deerfield, during a protest on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Ill. … Continue reading

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