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Nitzavim-Vayelech- “Those Taking A Stand-And He Went”

We have a double-parasha this morning: Nitzavim and Vayelech. Nitzavim means ‘Those taking a stand’ and Vayyelech means ‘And he went’. These two parashas span Deuteronomy 29:9 (29:10 in our English Bibles) through 31:30. The parasha opens with all Israel assembled to stand before Adonai. In fact, the usual verb for ‘stand’ (omayd) isn’t the word used here. The verb

By | 2017-09-18T21:38:41+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Nitzavim-Vayelech- “Those Taking A Stand-And He Went”

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

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Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

This week our parasha is Ki Teitzei, which means “When You Go”, and covers Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19.  Parasha Ki Teizei covers a large variety of topics and has 74 different commandments.  While we could go through all 72 commandments in the interest of time I would like to only discuss a small number of them. Weaving through the many different topics

By | 2017-09-04T21:53:21+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

Shoftim – “Judges”

“It isn’t fair.”  How many times have we heard people say this?  Fairness is a rather complicated concept, and often we don’t understand all the implications of our demands, but regardless we tend to argue our idea of ‘fairness’ anyway, don't we? As adults, and especially as believers, we should recognize injustice when we see it; but where do we

By | 2017-08-29T09:17:47+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shoftim – “Judges”

Re’eh – “See”

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Re’eh, which means “See!”  It covers Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17. Moses makes it clear in chapter 11 that the real issue of drawing closer to God has to do with the heart of the individual. If Israel would serve Adonai in love and faithfulness, He would send the early and latter rain in

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Re’eh – “See”

Today’s Parasha is entitled Re’eh, which means “see” and covers Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. Parasha Re'eh continues Moses' second sermon to the people. It begins with the famous statement, “See, this day I set before you a blessing and a curse”. Moses describes the blessings for obedience to the Lord’s commandments, which were given earlier in chapter 11, along with the curses

By | 2017-08-22T00:58:17+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

Eikev – “On The Heel Of”

This week’s Parasha is Eikev, which means “on the heel of.” In this Parasha Moses continues his final speeches to the Israelis before they enter the Promised Land. These instructions are more about obeying their God and are a warning. I think a good theme for this is the following: “If you have real faith, you will trust Me; and

By | 2017-08-15T16:21:44+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eikev – “On The Heel Of”

Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Va’etchanan, meaning “and I pleaded”. It covers Deuteronomy 3:23 through chapter 7:11. As the parasha opens, Moses pleads with Adonai to reconsider allowing him to cross over into the Land of Promise. God’s answer was a firm “No” but He did allow Moses to ascend Mt. Pisgah and get a bird’s eye

By | 2017-08-08T01:19:11+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

Devarim – “Words or Matters”

Our parasha passage for this week is entitled, D’varim, which means “words or matters,” i.e, something of consequence.  This passage covers Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22.  This comes from the Hebrew in Chapter 1:1:  Eleh ha d’varim, “these are the words.”  This last book of the Torah contains Moses’ overview of the history of their journey through the wilderness after leaving

By | 2017-07-31T23:09:48+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Devarim – “Words or Matters”

Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

This week we have a double parasha with Matot and Masei which translates to “Tribes” and “Journeys” Respectively. Parasha Matot covers Numbers 30:2–32:42 and Masei covers Numbers 33:1-36:13, this is also the final parasha for the book of Numbers.  These parashas speak on the importance of vows and promises and teach us the importance of having our actions match our

By | 2017-07-25T02:50:32+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

Pinchas

This week’s Torah portion, which covers Numbers 25:10 up to chapter 30, is entitled Pinchas, who was the son of Eleazar and the grandson of Aaron.  In last week’s Parasha, after being enticed by Moabite women, many men of Israel succumbed to the worship of Ba’al.  Because of this, God brought down a plague that killed 24,000 men of Israel. 

By | 2017-07-18T01:01:20+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pinchas

Balak

This week’s Parasha is called Balak, which means devastator, and covers Numbers 22:2 – 25:9.  In last week’s Parasha, the Israelis decisively defeat the Amorites because the Amorites did not want them passing through their land. This week we find the Israelis camped near the border of Moab. King Balak saw how the Israeli army defeated the Amorites.  Being afraid,

By | 2017-07-11T01:15:17+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Balak

Chukat – “Statute”

This week’s parashah is entitled Chukat meaning ‘statute’ or ‘regulation’. It covers Numbers 19:1 -22:1. It teaches us about the ordinance of the red Heifer, the water of purification, Israel’s wandering in the wilderness, the deaths of Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ sin, the bronze serpent and tells of Moses’ approaching death. Today I would like to focus on the red heifer

By | 2017-07-03T23:20:13+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chukat – “Statute”

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”

Sh’lach L’cha – “Send Out For Yourself”

The parasha this Shabbat is called Sh’lach L’cha, meaning “send out for yourself” and spans Numbers: 13-15. God said to Moses, “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel.” Moses chose one leader from each of the tribes, and sent them on a fact-finding

By | 2017-06-20T04:09:55+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sh’lach L’cha – “Send Out For Yourself”

Behaalotecha – “When You Set Up”

This week’s parasha is titled, Behaalotecha, meaning “when you set up,” and covers Numbers 8:1 – 12:16.  “When you set up” refers to setting up and directing the light of the golden lampstand of the tabernacle, the construction of which was described in Exodus 25:31 – 40. Chapter 8 describes the cleansing of the Levites.  This included a total washing

By | 2017-06-12T23:23:44+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Behaalotecha – “When You Set Up”

Naso – “Lift Up”

Our parasha for this week is Naso which means “lift up”.  Parasha Naso covers Numbers 4:21–7:89 and concerns priestly duties, laws for dealing with an unfaithful wife, the Nazirite vow, the Aaronic blessing, and the consecration of the Tabernacle.  This morning I plan to focus on the Nazirite Vow. We find in chapter 6 the requirements to enter a Nazirite

By | 2017-06-05T23:49:28+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Naso – “Lift Up”

Bamidbar – “In the Wilderness”

Today’s parasha is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness” and begins the book of Numbers covering Numbers 1:1-4:20. A little over a year has passed since Israel had left Egypt.  They had been encamped at Mt. Sinai while God has been preparing them to march into the Promised Land.  When they first left Egypt, they were a disorganized mass of former

By | 2017-05-30T01:36:55+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bamidbar – “In the Wilderness”

B’har-B’chukotai – “On The Mountain”-“In My Statutes”

This week we have two Parashas: B’har (meaning, “on the mountain”), and B’chukotai (meaning, “in my statutes”). They cover Leviticus 25:1-27:34. The Lord spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai. He said, “Tell the Israelis when you enter the land that I am giving you, that you must let the land have a special time of rest.”  Even in Israel’s use

By | 2017-05-23T01:37:21+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on B’har-B’chukotai – “On The Mountain”-“In My Statutes”

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”

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – “After The Death”-“Holy Ones”

This week we have a double parasha, Acharei Mot, which means “After The Death”, and Kedoshim, which translates to “Holy Ones”.  Between these two parashas we will be covering Leviticus 16-20. These two parashas cover the Yom Kippur service, sexual sins, punishment for child sacrifice, and the repeated teaching to observe the Lord’s commandments.  However, all the themes of these

By | 2017-05-09T01:33:09+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – “After The Death”-“Holy Ones”

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

Our parashot for this Shabbat are Tazria, meaning “when she gives birth” and Metzora, meaning “concerning lepers”, covering Leviticus 12-15. The general theme is distinguishing what is clean from what is unclean. The temporary separation of individuals who were unclean from the community had to do with the presence of a Holy God in the midst of the camp of

By | 2017-05-01T23:54:11+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Tazria-Metzora – “She Gives Birth”-“Concerning Lepers”

Shemini – “Eighth”

This week’s parasha is entitled, “Shemini,” which translates as “Eighth.”   This “eighth” refers to the 8th day of the consecration ceremony for Aaron and his sons, which was covered in our parasha commentary two weeks ago.  Parasha Shemini covers Leviticus 9:1-11:47. This parasha is the last parasha in the month of Nisan. In Chapter 9, Aaron, and his sons, who have been consecrating themselves

By | 2017-04-25T02:41:29+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemini – “Eighth”

Tzav – “Command”

Shabbat Shalom. Our parasha for this week is parasha Tzav, which translates to “Command” and covers Leviticus 6:1-8:36. We begin in Leviticus 6 and then continue into chapter 7, where we are given more information about the five different types of offerings to the Lord, and instructions concerning them for the priesthood, specifically their disposal. The burnt offering is described

By | 2017-04-11T01:40:15+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tzav – “Command”

Vayikra – “And He Called”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayikra, meaning “And He Called” and introduces us to the book of Leviticus. These chapters describe the various offerings made to Adonai. Each chapter describes a different type of offering. The many details might not seem exciting to today’s reader, but they are significant, and should not be ignored. In some ways they foreshadow Messiah

By | 2017-04-03T23:29:04+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayikra – “And He Called”