Tag Archives: Leviticus

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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Bechukotai: Bigotry no sanction

This is a good week, Torah-wise, combining three of my favorite things:  meaningful text, contemporary American politics, and (of course) Broadway. “I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down untroubled by anyone..” (Lev 26:6) In “Hamilton”, … Continue reading

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Shemini: translating the sand

Our hearts are torn by the events described in Chapter 10 of Leviticus,in this week’s parasha Shemini. The High Priest Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, are killed when they enter the Tabernacle with “a strange fire” to offer to God.  … Continue reading

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Tzav: The holy touch

“Anything that touches these shall become holy.” (Lev 6:11) “Anything that touches its flesh shall become holy…” (Lev 6:17) I guess Leviticus teaches us that you can catch cooties from something. Or someone.  In Leviticus, there are two ways of … Continue reading

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Vayikra: Dash or sprinkle?

Welcome to the Mishkan, please line up with your personal offering.   Be it an offering of thanks, atonement, well-being, trespass or sin,  there is one thing common to what the priest does when you step up and slaughter the offering.  … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot: Live

Acharei Mot, this week’s parasha, has a whole lot in it, and a lot of it is sex, sex, and more sex.  Who you can, but mostly who you can’t. But that’s not what drew my attention this week.  It’s … Continue reading

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Tazria Metzora: A good friend and wine

Nobody likes Tazria Metzora.  It’s all about dead animals and dead skin, eruptions and discolorations.  It’s not a pretty parasha.   There’s this hard-to-fathom concept of being unclean and malignant eruptions that a priest has to come and observe, and then … Continue reading

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