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Naso: take time

Nasso. The chapter of rituals that aren’t in Leviticus. Odd rituals, strange, involving magical phrases, the power of haircuts and public extremism. I was at a Bar Mitzvah this last weekend, a mincha/afternoon service (so the young man had this … Continue reading

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Naso: J’accuse

Every once in a while, we come upon a Torah portion that is just plain troubling.  Naso is one of those. If there was ever a section that was disturbing, it is the story of the Sotah (Num 5:12-31), the … Continue reading

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Naso: Blessing our children

  Adonai will bless and protect you Adonai will deal kindly and graciously with you. Adonai will bestow God’s favor upon you and grant you peace.  (Num 6:24-26) God tells Moses to tell Aaron and his sons (the Priests) to raise … Continue reading

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Naso: Sotah and Salem

  Sotah:  An accused wife, brought to the Tabernacle by a jealous husband, and made to kneel, uncover her head, and drink a bitter water solution concocted by the Priest,  to determine her innocence or guilt. It was irrelevant as … Continue reading

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Naso: Moderation to the Extreme

I was in the Colorado Rockies last week, and as we drove, hiked and horsebacked through the gorgeous mountain vistas, every once in a while I saw a lone cabin at the top of a hill, completely set off from … Continue reading

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