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March 27, 2021 – Book of Esther – Celebrate Purim!

This feast is probably the original “morality play” with audience participation. A mysterious part of the Purim feast is the rabbinical command to drink enough wine so that you can’t distinguish between “Yay Mordechai!” and “Boo Haman!” Read our memo … Continue reading

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December 27, 2020 – The Star of Bethlehem, the Magi and the Shepherds

What was the Star of Bethlehem, who were the Magi, and why were shepherds part of Christ’s birth announcement? Notes on the Star of Bethlehem Notes on Shepherds

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December 19, 2020 – Hanukkah and Parasites

The Hanukkah season sometimes reveals parasitical relationships and tendencies, for which mistletoe is a type. The scripture focus is Luke 1:46-55. Notes on Hanukkah and Parasites

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October 10, 2020 – Feast of Tabernacles

We’re celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles on Saturday, October 10! The Hebrew word for Tabernacles is “sukkah” which originally meant “woven” and applied to the branches woven together to make simple shelters. Israel was commanded to dwell in booths like … Continue reading

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June 21, 2020 – [Delayed] Pentecost!

Our Pentecost celebration was delayed because of the coronavirus restrictions. But this Sunday – keeping our distance and wearing masks – we will gather under Tom Brooks’ new outdoor pavilion Sunday morning to eat blintzes and read the Book of … Continue reading

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May 29, 2020 – Passover!

This weekend we’re attempting a grand experiment – conducting a (delayed) Passover celebration outdoors, abiding by Coronavirus restrictions and assisted by Zoom. So, Torah readings in Deuteronomy are postponed until next week. Read the Notes on Passover (Obviously, disregard the … Continue reading

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March 7, 2020 – Celebrate Purim!

There are no weekly Torah readings on Purim, besides the Book of Esther and the explanatory background scriptures. Read the memo on Purim here.

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