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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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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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Ki Tisa: Blinded by the light

There are two aspects to a story in the Torah:  the story itself, and where it appears.  Some of those passages seem really out of order, which led to the Talmudic concept of “there is no before or after in … Continue reading

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Tetzaveh: the weight of honor

If last week’s parasha Terumah was the IKEA/DIY section of the Torah, this week’s parasha Tetzaveh is all about Tim Gunn and Project Runway.  (I had to look that up, I never watch it, but I know there’s something about … Continue reading

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Nadav and Avihu: Words may fail, but actions cannot

Well, it seems that I’ve gotten myself a week off on Torah portions.  Must have been Pesach that did it to me.  My apologies to those who noticed, and graciously didn’t fill my inbox with reminders.  To those who didn’t … Continue reading

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Tetzaveh: The colors of the world

Sometimes you can hold the whole world in one piece of cloth. Like when it’s your wedding veil.  Or your baby’s blanket.   Or a departed beloved’s shirt.  Or  your great-grandmother’s challah cover.  The whole world, for just a moment, is … Continue reading

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Tzav: Inside their heads – Moses and Aaron

A Midrash.  Aaron is about to be ordained as High Priest, and there will be a very public, very ornate ceremony for him.  These two brothers – what are they thinking at this moment? Moses:  I should be proud of … Continue reading

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