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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Naso 2016

Naso: The Middle Way

This week’s Torah portion, Naso, includes the laws pertaining to an individual who voluntarily undertakes certain ascetic practices. Such a person is called a Nazirite. The Nazirite is expected to refrain from wine and grapes, forbidden to get a haircut and must refrain from contact with the dead. These practices, typically undertaken for a set […]

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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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