Tag Archives: Leviticus

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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Sh’mini: Creation in Leviticus?

Think about the fact that the Torah was originally a heard, not read, set of stories and instructions.  Good storytellers use all sorts of techniques to make sure their stories are remembered and retold.  One of those ways is a … Continue reading

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Behar: the great Jubilee year

It’s tempting to think the entire Torah is about real estate, and in some ways, it is.  But this week’s parasha is really  about real estate. In Behar, we learn about the Jubilee year.  “The fiftieth year shall be a … Continue reading

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Metzora: Shave for the Brave

“On the seventh day, he shall shave off all his hair” (Lev. 17:9) This is Leviticus, so this instruction is given after someone has been in an “impure” state, and needs to move to a “pure” state.  Impure/pure tamei/tahor/impure/pure.  Disease/health/disease/health. … Continue reading

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Tazria: Life in context

Oh, Tazria, you strange and troublesome parasha.  Coming as you do, a couple of weeks before Passover, as I wonder why I bother with the burdensome details and literal and figurative heavy lifting of getting ready for Pesach, I read, … Continue reading

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Shemini: Drawing a line

This is where I draw the line. And that’s Leviticus. The end. Well, that would make for a pretty short blog posting here, so I’ll elaborate. Leviticus (Vayikra) is all about drawing lines between things – this is ok, this … Continue reading

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