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Tablets, Up, Down

This week’s parsha, Ki Tisa, contained the episode of the breaking of the tablets. Did they become too heavy and Moses had to drop them? How did he drop them? Did he throw them down of his own accord? Which … Continue reading

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Ellul, From Sanctuary to Sanctity

The month of Ellul is often presented as an acronym, usually as  אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי a verse in Song of Songs: I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine Some are humorous configurations, like אני לאומן ואשתי לחמותי … Continue reading

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A Vision Was What Was Required

Why was Moshe Rabeinu punished for striking the rock, rather than speaking to it? And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: ‘Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before … Continue reading

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Bring In The Seder Early

The Talmud at Tractate Pesachim 108b-109a relates that we distribute to them [children] parched ears of corn and nuts on the eve of Passover, so that they should not fall asleep, and ask [the ‘questions’]. It was related of R. Akiba … Continue reading

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Tuna for Passover

Pesach is a complicated and complex holiday. We do not sacrifice a lamb, although we should and actually could and at least practice for the event. But we do banish chometz and any and all manner of leavened bread and grains. … Continue reading

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Dvar Torah on Parshat Ki Tissa

This Shabbat my wife and I were luncheon guests at Ilana and David B’s table and this is a summary reworking of my Dvar Torah. I first mentioned that the whole series of instructions we have been reading these past … Continue reading

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