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V’etchanan: Left behind

Sometimes the relevance of Torah just looks you in the eye and says, “I’m here.” “Let me, I pray, cross over and see the good land on the other side of the Jordan, that good hill country… but God ..would … Continue reading

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Pikudei: Pay attention to the mix

“The ephod was made of gold, blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine twisted linen.” (Ex 39:2) This week’s parasha, Pikudei, restates a lot of what has come before, again laying out the details of the building of the Mishkan, … Continue reading

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Ki Tisa: Behind the veil

The  tablets weren’t the only things that were smashed beyond repair when Moses came down from that mountain and saw the Israelites and the Golden Calf.  Something had changed, deep down at Moses’ core, which we don’t really read about … Continue reading

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Tetzaveh: Clothes make the….priest

In this week’s parasha, Tetzaveh, we get quite a dramatic scene :  Moses is commanded to ordain his brother Aaron as High Priest, and his 4 nephews as the other Priests of the community.  Like some Biblical Project Runway, the … Continue reading

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Mishpatim: Coming off the mountain

Truth is, folks….it’s tech week, (for those who aren’t theater folks, find someone who is, and ask them what tech week is like) and I barely have time to breathe.  So, here’s a post from the past on this week’s … Continue reading

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Bo: Everyone is included

I have a teacher that lifts up the Torah text to the class and says, “We don’t live by this book.  We live by the commentary to this book.”  And he’s right; we don’t make the offerings in Leviticus, we … Continue reading

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Va’era: In the court of kings or fools

“Adonai said to Moses, “Look, I have given you (set you in the role) as God to Pharaoh, with your brother Aaron as your prophet.” (Ex 7:1) As if Moses wasn’t elevated enough in the community’s eyes, you would think, … Continue reading

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Vayichi: Ashes into hope

I went to see the new Star Wars movie last Saturday night (loved it!) but the coming attractions made me really sad. Not only because there were so many….there were SO many!….but that out of the 7 trailers shown, all … Continue reading

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Vayigash: Forgiving, not forgetting

“I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold to Egypt.  Now, don’t be troubled, don’t be chagrined because you sold me here, for it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you….so it’s not you who sent … Continue reading

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Chanukah 2015 – 8th candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least a decade, our … Continue reading

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