Tag Archives: Pesach

Tzav: Action words

Being a Priest (kohen) wasn’t for wimps. It was a really difficult, physically demanding job. He takes ashes to the fire and back to the altar. He carries ashes outside the camp. He keeps the fire in the Tabernacle burning. … Continue reading

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Passover 2016

There really is only one thing to write about this whole week – in case you’ve been under a pile of chametz, it’s Passover this Shabbat. So, not only does the parasha schedule change, but our entire outlook and surroundings … Continue reading

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Pesach 5775 – our history and our future

It’s hours before Seder, and I’m finally getting to this page.  Apologies, but it’s been a long week, preparation, cooking, cleaning, and oh yes, cooking. Still I wanted to take a few minutes to put some thoughts down.  This year, … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot: Passover and Leviticus

Well this is odd.  This week’s parasha, Acharei Mot, is all about….Yom Kippur?  It’s spring.  We’re getting ready for Passover. Yom Kippur? Yes – we read this week about Aaron and the priests making expiation for the transgressions of the … Continue reading

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Shemini Passover: The holiness of discernment

Well, here we are in the middle of Passover, yet as always, there is another weekly Torah portion.  This time, it’s Shemini, and in my beautiful precious JPS Mikraot G’dolot, (it’s a big book with the bi-lingual Torah text and … Continue reading

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Passover: finding meaning in the ritual

It’s spring!  Well, not really, but it’s Passover, so it might as well be spring.  The spring-ish weather can find us delving into our spring rituals.  Get the bicycles out.  Clean the grill.   Maybe clean a few closets or something. … Continue reading

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Passover 2013: Standing at the Wall of Liberation

I started leading women’s Seders about 25 years ago, and I was late to the table, so to speak.  My sister Jan Salzman, who is now a rabbi, got our family started with a homemade Haggadah, and my two sisters … Continue reading

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