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Ki Tavo – “When You Enter In”

The name of this week’s parasha is Ki Tavo, which means “when you enter in” and covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8.  In chapter 26, Moses instructed the Israelis on honoring God with the first fruits of the harvest after they settled in the Promised Land, including a declaration of His mighty deeds in bringing them into the Land.  In the 3rd year

By | 2017-09-11T21:42:26+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tavo – “When You Enter In”

Korach – “Korah”

The name of this week’s parasha is Korach, which means “Korah” and covers Numbers 16-18.  Moses’ authority was challenged by a faction led by Korah, son of Kohath, from the tribe of Levi, along with Dathan, Abiram, and On from the tribe of Reuben, along with 250 Israeli leaders.  They objected to the restriction that priests could only come from

By | 2017-06-27T01:44:55+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , |Comments Off on Korach – “Korah”

Emor – “Say”

The name of this week’s parasha is Emor, which means “say” and covers Leviticus 21-24.  Adonai commanded Moses to instruct the priests on the need for holiness.  Priests must not become ceremonially unclean when dealing with the death of an Israeli, unless it is a close relative.  They were not to shave their heads, trim the sides of their beards,

By | 2017-05-16T00:39:04+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emor – “Say”

Ki Tisa – “When You Lift Up”

The name of this week’s parasha is Ki Tisa, which means “when you elevate” and covers Exodus 30:11-34:35.  Adonai instructs Moses on collecting the Israelis’ money for atonement when they were counted in a census.  Everyone was to give a half shekel, which was designated for the Tent of Meeting. Adonai gave Moses instructions for Aaron and his sons to

By | 2017-03-28T02:42:22+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tisa – “When You Lift Up”

Beshalach – “When He Let Go”

The name of this week’s parasha is Beshalach, which means “when he sent” or “when he let go,” and covers Exodus 13:17-17:16.  After Pharaoh finally released the Jewish people, Adonai led them along the Red Sea with a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night.  Moses took Joseph’s bones when Israel left Egypt, fulfilling the

By | 2017-02-13T23:11:31+00:00 February 11th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Beshalach – “When He Let Go”

Toldot – “Generations”

The name of this week’s parasha is Toldot, which means “generations” and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9.  Isaac prayed to Adonai for his wife Rebecca to bear children and he got a two-for-one deal!  During Rebecca’s pregnancy, the children struggled inside her and she asked the Lord why.  God told her that two nations were inside her; one stronger than the other

By | 2017-01-10T09:37:30+00:00 December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Toldot – “Generations”

Vayelech – “And He Went”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayelech, which means “and he went” and covers Deuteronomy 31:1-30.  Moses told the Jewish people that when they entered the Promised Land, Joshua would be their leader, and Adonai would go before them to deliver the nations there into their hands.  Those nations would suffer the fate of the Amorite kings Sihon and

By | 2016-10-11T02:49:19+00:00 October 8th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayelech – “And He Went”

Mattot-Masei – Tribes-Journeys

The names of this week’s parashas are Mattot and Masei: Matot means “tribes” and Masei means “journeys”. They cover Numbers 30:2-36:13. Moses gave Israel Adonai’s commands regarding vows in chapter 30.  If a woman made a vow, it could be revoked by her husband or father.  However, widows and divorced women didn’t have this option and would have to fulfill

By | 2017-01-30T21:40:58+00:00 August 6th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Mattot-Masei – Tribes-Journeys

Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

The name of this week’s parasha is Sh’lach L'cha, which means “Send For Yourself” and covers Numbers 13:1-15:41.  Adonai told Moses in chapter 13 to send leaders from each of Israel’s tribes to explore Canaan.  Included in this list are Caleb, representing Judah, and Hoshea (whom Moses re-named Joshua), representing Ephraim. Moses told these men to gather information about the

By | 2016-07-05T01:52:17+00:00 July 2nd, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

M’tzora – “Lepers”

The name of this week’s parasha is M’tzora, which means ‘lepers” and covers Leviticus 14:1 - 15:33.  In chapter 14 Adonai gives Moses instructions on the procedure for cleansing from leprosy. A person healed from leprosy was to go before the priest with two live clean birds, along with cedar wood, scarlet, yarn and hyssop. One of the birds was

By | 2017-01-30T21:41:38+00:00 April 16th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on M’tzora – “Lepers”

Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

The name of this week’s parasha is Tetzaveh, which means “you shall command” and covers Exodus 27:20 - 30:10.  The Jewish people were commanded to bring clear oil from pressed, unripened olives, to the Tent of Meeting so that Aaron and his sons could keep the lamps there burning.  This command is repeated in Leviticus 24. The priestly garments worn

By | 2016-02-22T23:00:13+00:00 February 20th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

Vayetzei – “And He Went Out”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Vayetzei, which means “and he went out” and covers Genesis 28:10-32:3.  During Jacob’s journey, he had a dream one night of seeing a ladder from Earth to Heaven and God’s angels going up and down the ladder, with God Himself above the ladder.  God reaffirmed to Jacob the promises He made with Abraham

By | 2017-01-30T21:41:44+00:00 November 21st, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayetzei – “And He Went Out”

Shoftim – “Judges”

The name of this week’s parasha is Shoftim, which means "Judges" and covers Deuteronomy 16:18 through 21:9. Moses instructed the Israelis to appoint judges that would show justice and impartiality in the cases they heard. He listened to the wise counsel of his father-in-law Jethro by selecting God-fearing judges from among the people to judge the lesser cases, so that

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:17+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shoftim – “Judges”

Naso – “Take Up”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Nasso, which means “Take up,” “Elevate” or “Lift” and covers Numbers 4:21-7:89.  After taking a census earlier in chapter 4 of the Kohathite men that worked at the Tent of Meeting, who were Levites, Adonai told Moses to do the same thing for the Gershonites and Merarites, who were also Levites. The total

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:20+00:00 May 30th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Naso – “Take Up”

Yitro – ” Jethro”

Have you ever received unsolicited advice from your in-laws? Moses received some good advice from his father-in-law, whose name, Yitro (Jethro), is also the title of this week’s Parasha, which covers Exodus 18:1-20:26. Jethro, a priest of Midian, who was Moses’ father-in-law and who is also called Reuel or “friend of God” in Exodus 2, heard about Adonai’s mighty deeds

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:23+00:00 February 7th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yitro – ” Jethro”

Toldot – “Generations”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Toldot, which means “generations” and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9.  Isaac’s family is listed in Genesis 25 with Abraham as Isaac’s father and Rebecca as Isaac’s wife.  Isaac prayed to Adonai for Rebecca to bear children and his request was granted.  During Rebecca’s pregnancy, the children were struggling inside of her and she asked Adonai

By | 2015-02-12T00:31:00+00:00 November 22nd, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Toldot – “Generations”

Re’eh – “See”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Re’eh, which means “see” and covers Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17.  Moses presented the blessings for obedience, and the curses for disobedience, to Adonai’s commandments described earlier in Deuteronomy 11.  Upon entering the Promised Land, the Jewish people would proclaim the blessings on Mount Gerizim and the curses on Mount Ebal, with each tribe’s responsibilities listed

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:53+00:00 August 23rd, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

Sh’lach Lecha – “Send For Yourself”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Sh’lach Lecha, which means “send” and covers Numbers 13:1-15:41.  Adonai told Moses in chapter 13 to send leaders from each of Israel’s tribes to explore Canaan.  Caleb, who represented Judah, and Hoshea (whom Moses re-named Joshua), who represented Ephraim, are included in this list. Moses told these men to gather information about the

By | 2016-06-01T23:00:02+00:00 June 14th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sh’lach Lecha – “Send For Yourself”

M’tzora – “Lepers”

The name of this week’s Parasha is M’tzora, which means “lepers”, and it takes us from Leviticus 14:1-15:33. Adonai gave Moses instructions on the procedure for cleansing from leprosy in chapter 14. A person healed from leprosy must appear before the priest with two living clean birds and cedar wood, scarlet, yarn and hyssop. One of the birds is killed

By | 2017-01-30T21:43:26+00:00 April 5th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on M’tzora – “Lepers”

Mishpatim – “Judgements”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Mishpatim, which means “Judgments”, and it takes us from Exodus 21:1-24:18.  Moses gave the Jewish people specific instructions on how to treat Jewish slaves.  These slaves were to be released in the 7th year of their servitude and a man could take his wife with him if she had already been married to

By | 2017-01-30T21:43:31+00:00 January 25th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Mishpatim – “Judgements”

Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Vayeshev, which means “and he settled.”  It covers Genesis 37:1-40:23, and provides us with several important events in the lives of Jacob and his family, who are now dwelling in the land of Canaan. Unfortunately, Jacob favored Joseph over the rest of his sons, which caused the brothers to resent Joseph.  Joseph was

By | 2015-01-05T02:47:57+00:00 November 23rd, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Ki Teitzei, which means “when you go out.”  It covers Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19, and deals with various rules and regulations that God commands the Jewish people to follow. In chapter 21, Moses instructs the Jewish people on the following situations:  how to treat female captives who are captured in war, the disposition of inheritance

By | 2017-01-30T21:43:46+00:00 August 17th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”

Balak

The name of this week’s Parasha is Balak, which is named after Balak, the king of Moab who tried to entice the corrupt prophet Balaam into pronouncing curses on the Jewish people. It takes us from Numbers 22:5 through 25:9. Balak and the Moabites knew that the Jewish people were coming, and were afraid of suffering defeat like the Amorites.

By | 2017-01-30T21:43:51+00:00 June 22nd, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Balak

Tazria-Metzora – “She Gives Birth-Concerning Lepers”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Tazria-Metzora, which means “she gives birth” (Tazria) and “concerning lepers” (Metzora). It takes us from Leviticus 12:1-13:59 (Tazria) and 14:1-15:33 (Metzora). God gives Moses instructions for a woman to become pure after giving birth in chapter 12. She remains unclean for seven days after giving birth to a boy, and he must be

By | 2017-01-30T21:44:13+00:00 April 13th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Tazria-Metzora – “She Gives Birth-Concerning Lepers”

Bo – “Go!”

The name of this portion of the Torah is Bo, which means "Go!", and it takes us from Exodus 10:1-13:16. God tells Moses that He has hardened the hearts of Pharaoh and his servants, so that He will perform His powerful signs in their midst. The Jewish people are to tell their children and grandchildren of God's power over the

By | 2017-01-30T21:44:22+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bo – “Go!”