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May I Have a WORD With You?! - RETURN

RETURN – תּשׁוּבָה – Teshuvah If you find yourself at this time of year connecting in any way with the Jewish community you might come across the word, תּשׁוּבָה – Teshuvah. We spend the first ten days of our New Year – and technically the last month of the previous year – on this תּשׁוּבָה – Teshuvah thing.  Most commonly translated as ‘repentance’, an aspect of תּשׁוּבָה – Teshuvah is realizing our mistakes, asking to be forgiven for them and offering forgiveness to those whose mistakes have hurt us. While any one of those things may be no easy task,…

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May I Have a WORD With You?! - RETURN

RETURN – תּשׁוּבָה – Teshuvah If you find yourself at this time of year connecting in any way with the Jewish community you might come across the word, תּשׁוּבָה – Teshuvah. We spend the first ten days of our New Year – and technically the last month of the previous…

May I Have a WORD With You?! - CURSE

Curse – אָֽרָה – Arah “Put a curse upon this people for me.” (Number 22:6) I feel like a lot like cursing. The last few weeks have given all of us a lot to fret, worry, fear, get angry …. to curse about. It is not simply the colloquial sense…

May I Have A WORD With You?! – FULL

Sovah – שֹׂבַע – Full “… you shall eat your fill of bread … “ (Leviticus 26:5) I love food. I love to eat so much so, that quite often even though there may not be room in my stomach for more food … the taste, the sensations, the feelings…

May I Have A WORD With You?! – CORNER

Pe’ah – פֵּאָה – Corner When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the CORNER of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. (Leviticus 19:9) How big is a CORNER? Is it merely the point where the two lines of…

May I Have A WORD With You?! - Brought Forward

Vayakarev – וַיַּקְרֵ֖ב – Brought forward Next he brought forward  … the people’s offering (Leviticus 9:15); He brought forward  … burnt offering (Leviticus 9:16); He brought forward  … meal offering (Leviticus 9:17). Hidden in plain sight in the voluminous account of the sacrificial cult in the book of Leviticus is…

May I Have a WORD With You?! - Clothing

Beged/Clothing/בֶּגֶד They made Aaron’s sacral vestments—as the Eternal One had commanded. (Exodus 39:1) There is a fine line between wearing clothes and … treachery?! In our sacred story this week the Aaron and his sons are getting all dressed up for their role as priests in the brand new Mikdash.…

May I Have A WORD With You?! – CALF

Calf – עֵ֣גֶל – Eigel This he took from them and cast in a mold, and made it into a molten calf. Exodus 32:4 It may be the most infamous barn animal in history and certainly in the Torah … the golden Calf – עֵ֣גֶל – Eigel.  Moses ascends the…

May I Have A WORD With You?! – MEET

Meet /No-ah-d-tee/נוֹעַדְתִּ֣י I will meet you there … Exodus 25:22 I wish that things worked more like they are described in the Torah. As I reintegrate myself into the life of Temple Micah after my month of sabbatical time, I find myself reflecting on the experience and impact of this…

May I Have A WORD With You?! - BRIT

My covenant – בְּרִיתִי – Briti I also established My covenant with them (Exodus 6:4) Most people associate this word with that 8th day ritual.  Sometimes it involves bagels and cream cheese, but always involved the cutting of a foreskin. Bris. The full name of the ritual – spoken in…

May I Have a WORD With You?! - KAVDU

Heavy – כָּבְדוּ – Kavdu Now Israel’s eyes were dim with age (Genesis 48:10). The end of the book of Genesis is also the end of Jacob’s life. We are told that he (Israel) cannot see. The word the Hebrew uses is Kavdu – כָּבְדוּ or Heavy … his eyes…

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