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Thoughts on Metzora and Shabbat Hagadol

This Shabbat is another special Shabbat, Shabbat Hagadol, the Shabbat before Pesach. This week’s parasha is Metzora, Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33,* which continues the discussion of tzara’at that began in last week’s portion, Tazria, specifically the offerings that are brought … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Tazria

This week’s parasha is Tazria, (she conceives) Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59*, along with two extra readings, Numbers 28:9-15 which is normal for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh and then Exodus 12:1-20 which is special for Shabbat HaChodesh (Rosh Chodesh Nissan). The special … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Shemini

In his book entitled, Jewish Wisdom, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin shares the following, Yitgadal ve-Yitkadash Shmei Rabbah, Magnified and sanctified be His great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. (The opening words of the Kaddish prayer … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Tzav

This week’s parasha is Tzav, Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36. The haftarah is Jeremiah 7:21-28 (Chabad) or 7:21-8:3 (traditional) & Jeremiah 9:22-23 (23-24 in most Christian Bibles). The reading from the Apostolic Writings is John 8:48–59. This week’s parasha and haftarah … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayikra

This week’s parasha is Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26,1 with a special Maftir reading,2  Deuteronomy 25:17-19, as this is Shabbat Zachor (1 Samuel 15:1-34), the Shabbat before Purim. The three verses in Deuteronomy remind Jews everywhere to remember the atrocities perpetrated … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayekhel

This week’s parasha is Vayekhel, Exodus 35:1 – 38:20.1 The haftarah is 2 Kings 11:17 – 12:17 and the reading from the Besorah is Mark 12:41–44. This week is also Shabbat Shekalim with its special reading Exodus 30:11-16 which is … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Terumah

This week’s Torah reading is Parashat Terumah, Exodus 25:1 – 27:19.1 The haftarah is 1 Kings 5:26 (5:12 English) – 6:13 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is John 7:25–36. Parashat Terumah records the freely given offering (תְּרוּמָה, terumah) … Continue reading

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