Tag Archives: Shabbat

Bamidbar: Hold your head high

Bamidbar – in the wilderness – the book of countings – the book of being counted. Just as Leviticus had another name, the Torah of the Priests, Bamidbar has another name too: Ha’Pikudim – the book of taking note, of … Continue reading

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Behar B’chukotai: Fig trees and fear

“If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on. It outlives when I’m gone. Like the Scripture says: ‘Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree And no one shall make them afraid.’ They’ll be safe in … Continue reading

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Emor: The work of our hands

The week got away from me. Here’s commentary on Emor from a while back, but updated to what is (sadly) still relevant. Now here’s an odd story in this week’s parasha, Emor,  not that there aren’t a few odd stories … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot Kedoshim: Just don’t

Acharei Mot and Kedoshim are two remarkable parashiot. Kedoshim, literally about holy ways of behaving, beginning with “You (the people) shall be holy, because I (God) am holy.” This was said to the entire community, and what follows is a … Continue reading

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Tazria Metzora: Skin deep

It is not easy to be a Jewish Taurus, because there’s a chance you might end up with Tazria Metzora as your Bar or Bat Mitzvah portion. It’s hard enough being 13, but to have to find some meaning in … Continue reading

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Shemini: Chicken parmesan

“These are the creatures that you may eat from among all the land animals: any animal that has true hooves, with clefts through the hooves, and that chews the cud – such you may eat.” (Lev 11:3) We started keeping … Continue reading

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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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