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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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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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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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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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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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Shemini: Foolish decisions

My son got his driver’s permit this week.  Naturally, he’s very excited and nervous; so am I.  I’m also thinking about another couple of sons, Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aaron the High Priest.   This week’s parasha is Shemini, … Continue reading

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Shemini – eyes on heaven, feet on the ground

Blueberry pie. That’s the first thing I thought of when I heard that a person I knew had died this week.  She was the mother of high school friends, and she made the best blueberry pie.  Hers was a family … Continue reading

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