Shavua tov – a good week to you! This week we are once again reading from the Torah portion known as Acharei Mot. (Because Reform communities observe only seven days of Pesach, as is the custom in the land of Israel, we adjust our Torah reading cycle slightly in order to remain in sync with the rest of the Jewish world. This year, that meant dividing this week’s Torah portion into two halves. We read from the first half last week, and will read from the second half this week.)
Please join us on Shabbat morning as we call Sasha Rooney to the Torah as a bar mitzvah! If you’re looking for commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:
- 2004: Rereading Leviticus 18:22
- 2006: Ways to redeem one problematic line
- 2008: Naked [Torah poem] and Returning to Mitzrayim
- 2009: You shall be holy[Torah poem]
- 2010: On holy community
- 2012: On loving our neighbors
As we move from Pesach to Shavuot, we enter deeper into the journey of counting the Omer — the days which connect our festival of liberation with our festival of revelation. If you’re looking for Omer-counting resources, there are a few more copies of Rabbi Rachel’s Toward Sinai: Omer Poems available at the synagogue. There are also a variety of places online where one can sign up for daily Omer teachings via email or Facebook — I especially like the Omer teachings at A Way In at Mishkan Shalom.
Don’t forget to register for the Shavuot retreat at Isabella Freedman! As members of an ALEPH Network community we receive a substantial discount; include the registration code VELVETEEN and you’ll get a $150 discount on that retreat.
Blessings to all,