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Thoughts on Beha’alotcha

This week’s Torah portion, in Israel, is Beha’alotcha, Numbers 8:1 12:16. The haftarah is Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is John 13:1-20. I found the timing of this week’s parasha quite interesting. As we … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Bechukotai

This week’s parasha is Bechukotai (with My statutes), Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34. * The haftarah is Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is John 11:17–37. Technically, there are multiple kal v’homer or if/then clauses in this week’s parasha, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Emor

This week’s parasha is Emor, speak specifically to Aaron, the kohanim and the levites, Leviticus 21:1 to 24:23 (TLV). The haftarah reading is Ezekiel 44:15-31 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is John 10:22-42. Leviticus chapters 21 and 22 are … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Kedoshim

This week’s parasha in Israel is Kedoshim, קְדֹשִׁים Holy (you shall be), Leviticus 19:19:1 – 20:27.1 The haftarah for this week’s parasha depends on the tradition one follows, for Ashkenazim, it is Amos 9:7-15 and for Sephardim, it is Ezekiel 20:2-20. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Achrei Mot

In the Diaspora, (lands outside of Israel) this week’s Torah reading is for the Eighth Day of Pesach, Deuteronomy 14:22 – 16:171 and the haftarah is Isaiah 10:32 – 12:62. In Israel, as we only celebrate one night of Pesach and … Continue reading

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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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