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Rick Lupert

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When I Was Growing Up – A poem for Parsha Behar

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If your brother becomes destitute and sells some of his inherited property… – Leviticus 25:25 When I was growing up I barely owned a stapler. When I was...

New Holy Days – A poem for Parsha Emor

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The Lord’s appointed that you shall designate as holy occasions. These are My appointed : - Leviticus 23:2 And God spoke to Moses, who spoke...

I’m Done With It – A poem for Parsha Kedoshim

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The stranger who sojourns with you shall be as a native from among you, and you shall love him as yourself
 - Leviticus 19:34 I’m done with...

Peace Not Slaughter – A poem for Parsha Acharei Mot

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…and slaughter them as peace offerings to the Lord.
 -Leviticus 17:5 This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed slaughter and peace commingling together in a single sentence in...

Dayenu – Another new poem for Passover

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If God had only brought us out from Egypt it would have been enough. If we had not come so far in our efforts to break the...

Mah Nishtanah – A new poem for Passover

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Why is this night different from all other nights? I’ve always read this as Why and always knew the answer had something to do with being free. But...

Guess Who’s Kohening To Dinner? – A poem for Parsha Metzora

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After this, the kohen shall come to look at the house.
 -Leviticus 14:36 Buying a home is complicated. (I’d also like to mention, if you are lucky enough...

Under My Skin – A poem for Parsha Tazria

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…the kohen shall quarantine him for seven days…And the kohen shall look at it on the seventh day. If it has spread on the...

You Should Eat (As if you didn’t know that) – A poem for Parsha...

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You shall eat it in a holy place… -Leviticus 10:13 I’m not going to waste your time telling you the joke about the summary of all Jewish...

What They Put on My Feetsies – A poem for Parsha Tzav

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And Moses brought Aaron and his sons forward and bathed them in water…and clothed them with tunics, girded them with sashes, and bound them...

Peace Offering – A poem for Parsha Vayikra

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And from the peace offering, he shall bring a fire offering to the Lord -Leviticus 3:9 In the oldest days peace came in the form of slaughter. You...

High Score – A poem for Parsha Pekudei

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Now they brought the Mishkan to Moses, the tent and all its furnishings its clasps, its planks, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets ....

Curtains Call – A poem for Parsha Vayakhel

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Then all the wise hearted people of the performers of the work made the Mishkan out of ten curtains -Exodus 36:8 If you’re following my poems you’ll...

God’s Face – A poem for Parsha Ki Tisa

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You will not be able to see My face, for man shall not see Me and live. -Exodus 33:20 What is it about God’s face that would...

The Daily Kehunah – A poem for Parsha Tetzaveh

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…and the kehunah will be a perpetual statute for them. Exodus 29:9 Today in the Torah two rams and a bull are going down. I don’t have...

They Don’t Sell Tabernacles at Ikea – A poem for Parsha Terumah

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And you shall erect the Mishkan according to its proper manner, as you will have been shown on the mountain. –Exodus 26:30 I have two friends...

Legal Hot Takes – A poem for Parsha Mishpatim

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I You shall not pervert the judgment of your poor man in his lawsuit. Exodus 23:6 I tried to buy a lawsuit once but they wanted to upsell...
Tongue Tips – A poem for Parsha Yitro (Aliyah 4) by Rick Lupert

Tongue Tips – A poem for Parsha Yitro

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if you obey Me and keep My covenant, you shall be to Me a treasure out of all peoples, for Mine is the entire earth. –Exodus...

Count Your Blessings – A poem for Parsha Beshalach

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On that day the Lord saved Israel from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dying on the seashore. Exodus 14:30 It is said...

My Own Personal Egypt – A poem for Parsha Bo

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But if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor who is nearest to his house shall take ...

Frogs Everywhere – A poem for Parsha Vaera

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And the Nile will swarm with frogs, and they will go up and come into your house and into your bedroom and upon your bed…
 –Exodus...

Do You See The Fire? – A poem for Parsha Shemot

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Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I
 should take the children of Israel out of Egypt? –Exodus 3:11 We’re starting a new...

Fatherly Advice – A poem for Parsha Vayechi

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Jacob called for his sons and said, “Gather and I will tell you what will happen to you at the end of days. –Genesis 49:1 We’ll say...

Everybody Loves Changes – A poem for Parsha Vayigash

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Do not be afraid of going down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. Genesis 45:3 I don’t like change. I’m even afraid...

My First Hanukkah

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I remember my first Hanukkah. I was seven years old and my mother walked into the bathroom with a Charlie Brown toothbrush and said This is your Hanukkah...

Questions – A poem for Parsha Miketz

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When the entire land of Egypt hungered, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread -Genesis 41:5 What sound does the call make? Whose ears is it arriving...

Ode to the Potato Pancake

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Oh God, my God of all the gifts You have given me the potato pancake rises above all my cherished possessions. We are a people of the lasting...

This is All We Know of Er – A poem for Parsha Vayeshev

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Now Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the eyes of the Lord, and the Lord put him to death. -Genesis 38:7 This is all we know of...

Natural Born Coveter – A poem for Parsha Vayishlach

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But Esau said, "I have plenty, my brother; let what you have remain yours." -Genesis 33:9 We, in the land of plenty are natural-born coveters. The inches on our...

A Self-Made Cloud of Smoke – A poem for Parsha Vayeitzei

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Reuben went in the days of the wheat harvest, and he found dudaim in the field and brought them to Leah, his mother -Genesis 30:14 I recently stood...
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