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Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled”-“Amount”

This week we also have a double Parasha, entitled Vayakhel-Pekudei, and it covers Exodus chapters 35 to 40.  At the end of the previous parasha, Moses had returned from Mount Sinai carrying a second set of stone tablets.  He announced to the Jewish people that they were about to begin a building campaign for the Lord.  It would include manufacturing

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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

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Tetzaveh – “Give the Command”

The first of our parashas this Shabbat is Tetzaveh, meaning, ‘Give the command,’ and covers Exodus 27:20- 30:10.  At the end of chapter 27, the oil is described for the Golden Lamp or menorah that sits in the Mishkan, the Tabernacle.  Pure olive oil was to be used in this lamp, and it was to burn day and night. In

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Terumah – “Offerings” – When God Invites Himself Over

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Terumah and covers Exodus 25:1 through 27:19. This morning, rather than our usual 5-7 minute commentary, I’ll be expanding our parasha into a full message. Terumah means contribution, gift or offering. The parasha opens with God’s invitation to raise a contribution - a terumah. It was not to be under any compulsion, but

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Mishpatim – “Judgements”

Today’s Torah portion is titled, “Mishpatim,” which means “Judgements.”  It covers Exodus: 21:1–24:18.  This parasha passage is also known as Sefer ha B’Rit (The Book of the Covenant), since this 4 chapter parasha contains over 10% of the 613 commandments found in the Torah. We often forget that the ancient world was a very brutal place.  People were maimed or

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Yitro – “Jethro”

Yitro, the Hebrew name for Jethro, is our parasha for this Shabbat. Parashat Yitro covers Exodus 18:1-20:23. Besides practical management advice, this parasha contains the Ten Commandments, and a lesson for those who would approach Adonai on their terms. Chapter 18 begins with Jethro, Moses' Father-In-Law, going out to meet Moses at the base of Mount Sinai along with Moses' wife and

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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

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Bo – “Go”

Today’s Parsha is entitled Bo which means ‘Go’ and covers Exodus 10:1 through 13:16. Egypt has already suffered severely through seven plagues. Moses was instructed to announce to Pharaoh yet another plague –  the plague of locusts. This time, Moses’ warning produced a great reaction. The situation had become so desperate, that finally Pharaoh’s officers dared to challenge him. They said,

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Va’era – “And I Appeared”

This week’s Torah portion is Va’era, which means “and I appeared” and covers Exodus 6:2-9:35. In last week’s parasha, Moses and Aaron were sent to see Pharaoh and request him to allow them to celebrate a feast for three days in the wilderness. Pharaoh does not allow this to happen, and he increases the Israelis’ burden by forcing them to

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Shemot – ‘Names’ – Sanctity Of Human Life Weekend 2017

Being on the Right Side of (Repeated) History Our Torah reading this Shabbat bears the same name as the book it introduces: Shemot meaning “names”. The English name for the book, Exodus, is borrowed from Greek, and means “the way out”. It reflects the real, historical, monumental event of Israel leaving Egypt as a free people. Elsewhere in Scripture God

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Vayechi – “And He Lived”

This week we end the book of Genesis with parasha Vayechi which translates to “and he lived”. It takes us from Genesis 47:28 to 50:26 and finishes the book of Genesis.  This parasha contains the final Messianic prophecy of Genesis as well as a powerful lesson on forgiveness. Our parasha begins with Jacob making Joseph swear an oath that when he passes

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Vayigash – And He Drew Near

This week’s parasha is entitled VaYigash, which means, “and he drew near.”  It covers Genesis 44:18 – 47:27. Last week, Rabbi Glenn left us with a cliffhanger at the end of his parasha commentary as Joseph’s brothers were about to depart Egypt for the second time.  The evening before, they had feasted with Joseph, who still kept his identity a

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Miketz – “At The Conclusion”

The parasha for this week is entitled MiKetz, meaning “at the conclusion” and covers Genesis 41:1-44:17. Joseph has been in prison in Egypt on a bogus rape charge. Poor Joseph; betrayed by his brothers, enslaved in Egypt, imprisoned on false charges. But everywhere he went, Joseph conducted himself with integrity and God was with him. Eventually Joseph was given charge

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Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

Last week’s Torah portion was called Vayeshev, which means, “and he settled.”  It covers Genesis 37: 1-40:23. After more than 20 years of being away, Jacob returns to the Promised Land and settles in Hebron.  In Chapter 37, we are introduced to Joseph, who is Jacob’s favorite son, born ofRachel, Jacob’s favorite wife.  Jacob gives this favorite son a beautiful, multi-colored robe, a symbol of

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Vayishlach – “And He Sent”

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Vayishlach, which means “and he sent”. Jacob is returning from Aram (Syria) to the land of Canaan, and there is this little unresolved matter – something about his brother Esau wanting to kill him. They say ‘time heals all wounds’, but Jacob wasn’t about to take any chances. As the parasha opens, Jacob

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Vayetze – “And He Went Out”

This week’s Parasha is Vayetze and covers Genesis 28:10 – 32:3. Jacob has had to flee home after deceiving his father into giving him the blessing intended for Esau and, at his parents’ instructions, journeys to his uncle, Laban. In chapter 28, Jacob has traveled a full day’s distance, and arrives at a certain place where he rests for the

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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

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Chayei Sarah – “The Life Of Sarah”

This week’s parasha, Genesis 23:1-25:18, is Chayei Sarah, meaning “The Life of Sarah” the title of which is a little ironic, since it records her death (at 127 years of age). After grieving for Sarah, Abraham approaches the sons of Heth in nearby Hebron to negotiate the purchase of a field and a cave in Machpelah, where he wishes to

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Vayera – “And He Appeared”

This week’s Torah portion is entitled VaYera.  VaYera means, “And He appeared.”  It covers Genesis 18:1-22:24. Chapter 18 opens with Abraham sitting by his tent and God, manifested in the flesh as Yeshua, appears before him with two angels.  Abraham invites these three to a meal and quickly tells Sarah to prepare bread while he goes and selects a choice

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Lech L’cha – Go Forth

This week our parasha is Lech Lecha which means “Go Forth” and covers Genesis 12:1-17:27. Parasha Lech Lecha introduces us to the father of the Jewish people, Abram Son of Terah, and his extraordinary faith in Adonai. Genesis 12 begins by immediately thrusting us into what will be the turning point in Abram’s life, the Call of the Lord.  The

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Noach

This week’s Parasha is entitled Noach (Noah) whose name means ‘rest’, or ‘quiet’. It covers Genesis 6:9 through 11:32. Noah is described as a just man and perfect in his generation. Noah walked with God, despite living during a time of great wickedness. Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and each of them had wives. Shem is consistently

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Ha’Azinu – “Listen”

This morning’s parasha is called Ha’azinu and means “Give ear”. It covers Deuteronomy chapter 32. The Song of Moses represents the last time that Moses will speak to the Israelis before he dies on Mount Nebo. This song was meant to be taught to every Israeli as a reminder of the past, and a warning for the present and the

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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

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Nitzavim – “Standing”

This week’s parasha is entitled, Nitzavim, meaning "standing."  It covers Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20. In Chapter 29, all the people have gathered before the Lord in order to enter into the covenant with Him.   In verse 15, we find that not only does this covenant involve those present at that time, but that this covenant extends beyond their generation, to

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Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

Several years ago I was on an Orthodox Jewish website doing some research.  During my browsing I discovered their “Ask the Rabbi” section and an article caught my eye.  The question concerned whether motives mattered when giving tzedakah, charity. The person writing was concerned because they had been giving charity regularly, but lately were giving in the hopes of something

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