parshah pekudei

I’m still low on the word (and spoon) count.

This week we learn Parshah Pekudei, Sh’mot (Exodus) 38:21-40:38.

I don’t have much more than that for you at the moment. I think I’ve linked to enough places in the past that if you wish to delve deeper, you know where to look.

I’ve recently begun listening to a podcast based on a lecture series, Afterwords out of the Skirball Center. The few I’ve listened to so far are quite interesting and enjoyable. I hope one day soon to be able to attend in person.

This is the month of Adar and it is supposed to be one of joy and simchas and general merry making. I think the only way I can succeed in that task is if I ignore what is going on in the world beyond me (and ignore a large portion of myself). To this I have no real answers, but if you find my reading list suddenly jumps back into the world of fantasy and make believe, that is why.

I am, however, about to curl up with Me’Am Loez, the Book of Ester in preparation for Purim. It is an English translation by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan zt’l and the copy I borrowed from my Uni library was published by the Maznaim Publishing Corporation. I must express general unfamiliarity with this commentary, but have found a few articles (and read the introduction to my volume) which have further raised my curiosity. One such article may be found here.

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Parshat Vayakhel, Nach, Purim

This week we read parshat Vayakhel, found at Shm’ot (Exodus) 35:1-38:20. In this parshah we are reminded of the commandment to observe Shabbat and are given the instructions to build the mishkan. Because so much is donated, Moses must tell people to stop. (summary, text with Rashi.)

Hmm… sounds a bit like knitters …

I am mostly caught up on Nach Yomi. Why do I say mostly? I have learned on my own the Nach, and am very slowly catching up on the podcasts. I’ve listened through the shiurim on Shmuel that i successfully downloaded and am about to commence on Melachim. Wow. I’ve missed a good deal learning on my own and studying with the little bit of the commentators I can. I’ve greatly enjoyed the ‘lecturers’ I’ve learned from and am very pleased to have this opportunity to delve into Nach. I asked E if he had ever done this sort of learning for Nach and he replied that he hadn’t. I continue to have iTunes download issues, but I think it’s me (they download eventually).

Purim is coming! [chabad, ou, aish]

Which also means that Pesach is coming (and the stores will be stocked with foods I can easily eat!)

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parshah ki tisa

This week it’s Ki Tisa, Sh’mot (Exodus) 30:11-34:35 (summary)

The most infamous nugget from this parshah is the sin of the golden calf. I really don’t have much more for you than that. It’s been a very long week for me; there is white stuff on the ground this morning and I’m trying to figure out how that influences what I need to do.

In nach news, I have finished all of Shmuel and am slowly plowing my way through Kings. I also listened to part of one of the podcast shirim produced for this yomi program. I enjoyed it greatly. Bli neder, I hope to catch up this weekend. It would be exciting for me to know that i was learning the same as many others that day. Additionally, I hope that by being “caught up” I will no longer rush through things and actually *learn* something. ;)

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parshah tetzaveh

This week we read Tetzaveh, Sh’mot (Exodus) 27:20-30:10

Last week we learned about the building of the Aron, Shulchan, Menorah, all of the parts to the Mishkan.

This week we learn about the garments of the Kohen: the kutoness, the mitznefes, the avneit, and the michnasayim. The Kohen Gadol also wore: the eiphod, the choshen, the me’il (with it’s hem of (pomegrantes of turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool), and the tzitz. The initiation for Aaron and his four sons is also detailed.

Here are two links with pictures (or colouring book line images) of the various garments.
torah tots (terrible web design, imho, but lots of links to pictures)

In Nach, I’ve completed the first book of Shmuel (Samuel) and am making my way through the second book. I could see myself caught up by next week.

I would possibly have been today, but I cast on for a pair of bulky house socks because my feet have been so cold I’ve not been able to enjoy or focus on many things. Mostly because I can’t keep my slippers on my feet. The kitchen is going well. I’m still overwhelmed by figuring out what goes where. We’re purging a few items and making a list of what we need to keep the kitchen organized and clean. My goal is to clear off enough of the dining table so we can enjoy shabbat tonight.

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parshah terumah

This week (wow what a week) we read parshah terumah, Sh’mot (Exodus) 25:1-27:19

Honestly, I’ve not yet learned (again this year) this week’s parshah. It was generally one of those weeks. I try to reserve Friday for bookkeeping and research, continuing ed type things at home so I can also take care of bits of housework and things if necessary [but trust me, I do Work on Friday]. The past few weeks have been so busy that I am doing intense work on Fridays too (which is fine, they pay the bills, if I ever had time to invoice). Today had me rushing out to deliver something … which gave me additional knitting, but was a little stressful.

I have, however, had a bit more luck with Nach this past week. I’m not yet caught up but am closing the gap. I’m in the beginning-but-middle of I Shmuel [Shmuel is just about to anoint Saul]. When I arrive at the second book I will also gain the many podcasts I’ve already downloaded to my iPod. I’m finding new minutes to catch up by learning from a print volume (published by the Foundation I have mixed feelings about but mostly because it combined both Shmuel’s into one volume which I could schlep home from the Uni easier) and by this online Tanach. I don’t know what deal was struck between the two organizations, but it is one I’ve benefit greatly from. I like Chabad’s layout of their website and can find what I want quickly and easily. It’s long established that I like the Judaica Press. Learning Torah online is not the same for me as learning from tangible paper, but I am happy to now use a few spare web moments to a better purpose.

I’m now going to enjoy my stove which is across the apartment from the sole water source and find a place where I can chop up the vege’s for dinner without being on my hands and knees.

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ps Purim is coming. eek!