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Naso: Channeling Blessing

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Beha'alotcha

Naso: Channeling Blessing

This week’s Torah portion begins with additional instructions for the Israelites’ sojourn in the wilderness. It closes with the assembly and consecration of the mishkan/portable sanctuary and the presentation of the first offerings. In the middle of all of this, the kohanim/priests are instructed to bless the people on God’s behalf, using a formula known […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman| Bamidbar

Bamidbar: Holy Schlepping

With this week, we begin the Book of Numbers, known in Hebrew as Bamidbar/In the Wilderness. The first portion focuses on instructions for the forty-year wilderness journey. A census is taken and each tribe is assigned a specific location relative to the Mishkan/portable sanctuary where they are to camp, and they are travel in the same formation. […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman|Othering

Emor: Othering

I begin the process of writing these commentaries by reading the upcoming week’s Torah portion to see what calls to me. Occasionally, a single verse will jump out at me, independent of its context. That’s what happened this week. Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) covers a lot of territory: rules for priests, the festival calendar and punishments for various transgressions. […]

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