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Shmini (Eighth) – Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47
On: Apr 7, 2021
By: Kim Troup

One of the most tragic events in the Bible takes place in this week’s reading. Leviticus 10 begins with the story of the death of Nadav and Avihu, who brought a “strange fire” before G-d. It is not clear exactly what Nadav and Avihu did that angered G-d.

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Vayakhel/Pikudei (Gathered/Accounts) Exodus 35:1 – 40:38
On: Mar 10, 2021
By: Kim Troup

The first verse in chapter 40 provides us with the date that the Tabernacle was completed — the first day of the first month, or the first of Nissan. Nissan is the month which begins the Biblical count of months and it falls at this time of year. It is also known as the month of the spring (Deuteronomy 16:1). It is not the month of Rosh HaShana

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Tezave (You Shall Command) – Exodus 27:20 – 30:10
On: Feb 26, 2021
By: Kim Troup

This week’s portion begins with the end of Exodus chapter 27 and includes the instructions for Aaron and their priests in their worship roles — their clothes, the sanctification process they will go through, and some instruction regarding the altar, the incense altar and the “tent of meeting.” It is the instruction with regard to this “tent” that I would like to focus on this week.

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Trumah (Offering) – Exodus 25:1 – 27:19
On: Feb 17, 2021
By: Kim Troup

G-d does not need our worship. He does not need for us to build Him a house. G-d wants us to build that house so that it can be an effective tool for us to come close to G-d. May we never lose our ability to distinguish between the medium and the ultimate goal, between the vehicles of our faith and faith itself.

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