Shabbat Shmini (Lev. 9:1-11:47 ) lists the following synonyms for the word “drunk” (as in “intoxicated”): bashed, befuddled, boozed up*, buzzed*, canned, crocked*, drinking, drunken, flushed*, flying*, fuddled, gassed, glazed*, groggy, hammered, high*, hosed, in orbit, inebriated, jolly, jugged, juiced*, laced*, liquored up*, lit*, lush, merry, muddled, oiled, on a bun, overcome, pie-eyed,... read more

Shabbat Tzav (Lev. 6:1-8:36)

This weeks’ portion begins saying “This is the Ritual (Tzav) of burnt offering.”. However, various interpretations give the meaning of tzav as “commandment”, “law” or even “Torah”. One commentator explains that the word “Torah” does not always apply to the 5 books of Moses. It can mean the 5 books plus Talmud. Or all the official holy books together (Torah, Prophets, Writings, etc). Then there’s “the... read more

Shabbat Vayikra (Lev. 1:1-5:26)

The book of Exodus was completed and that of Leviticus opened under a blanket of silent white purity. Hope, faith and trust in the world and God lead me to believe that by the time Leviticus is done, the world will be renewed with life and color. Metaphorically speaking, Exodus created the external structure for Judaism – creating a people out of a few ragtag tribes, giving them an identity first as “the... read more

Shabbat Pikudei (Ex. 38:21 – 40:38)

“When Moses had finished the work, the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Presence of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting, because the cloud had settled upon it and the Presence of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. When the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the Israelites would set out, on their various journeys; But if the cloud did not lift, they would... read more