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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: 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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