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Eikev

Give thanks to your God When you have eaten your fill Birkat Hamazon Deuteronomy 8:10 When you have eaten your fill, give thanks to...
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Va-et’chanan

Doing commandments It’s only part of our task We must study, too. Before reciting the Ten Commandments in this week’s portion, Moses tells the...
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Korach

God’s angry – again Moses and Aaron speak up “Spare the innocent” God relents – again “I’ll punish the sinners, but Spare the innocent”...
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Sh’lach L’cha

Kol Nidre worship Includes several verses From this week’s portion The evening worship service for Yom Kippur is called Kol Nidre, named for the...
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B’haalot’cha

Moses gets God’s help The people suffer God’s wrath The difference? One word. This week’s portion is full of complaints. The people complain, “If...
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Sh’mini

HASENPFEFFER? Treif But chocolate covered crickets? Possibly kosher Leviticus 11:2-3,6 These are the creatures that you may eat from among all the land animals:...
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Tzav

Seeking holiness? Surround yourself with people Seeking holiness This week’s haiku was inspired by “The Holy Touch“, Anita Silvert’s post this week on her...
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Vayikra

A tiny aleph Teaches us to find meaning In life’s chance events The first word of our portion – the first word of the...
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P’kudei

Mishkan completed A cloud settled upon it The Glory of God   Exodus 40:34 The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory...
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Vayak’heil

God’s priorities Let’s build the Tabernacle But first, Shabbat rest   This week’s portion is almost entirely concerned with the building of the Tabernacle....