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This week we have another double portion, which finishes up the book of Leviticus for this Torah reading cycle. While there are many different angles that could be pursued concerning this portion, my reading of this portion started immediately with a question. So let’s jump right into the text of the first verse of this … Continue reading Parsha Behar/Bechukotai Leviticus 25:1-27:34
This week’s portion starts off talking about the laws that apply to the “Big Kahuna” and his sons. I found it funny that the Hawaiian term “Kahuna—Priest/Master” can be translated as “Priest/Service” in Hebrew as well, though the languages themselves are totally unrelated to each other. The letter pattern “k-h-n” in Hebrew always relates to … Continue reading Parsha Emor “Say” Leviticus 21:1-24:23
This weeks Torah portion takes us back to where we left off in the story of Nadav and Avihu, who were “consumed” because they offered “Esh Zarah—Strange Fire” to God. In Leviticus 10 we read about this incident, but we don’t conclude the story until chapter 16 of Leviticus in this portion, “Acharei Mot—After the … Continue reading Acharei Mot/Kodeshim Leviticus 16:1-20:27
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