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Ha’Azinu – Give Ear

This week’s parasha is entitled Ha’Azinu, which means “give ear.”  A modern-day translation would be a command to “listen” to what is about to be said.  Ha’Azinu covers all of Deuteronomy, Chapter 32, which contains 52 verses.  With this being Shabbat Shuvah, the Great Sabbath of Repentance that occurs between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, this is a very appropriate

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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

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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”

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”

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

By | 2017-01-03T02:25:41+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

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

By | 2017-01-30T21:40:54+00:00 November 19th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayera – “And He Appeared”


This week’s parasha is called Korach, named for the leader of one of the largest and most severe revolts against the leadership of Moses and Aaron during the wilderness journey.  Our passage for this week covers Numbers 16:1 – 18:32. While all those who served at the Tabernacle and later at the Temple are descendants of Levi, only the priests

By | 2017-01-30T21:41:24+00:00 July 9th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Korach

Vayelech – “And He Went”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayeilech, which means, “And He Went.”  It covers Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:30.  At 30 verses, this is shortest parasha of the whole parasha cycle.  This year, this passage falls on a very special Shabbat, the Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  This Shabbat is called "Shabbat Shuva", the Sabbath of Repentance.  A

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:15+00:00 September 19th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayelech – “And He Went”

Mattot-Masei – “Tribes-Journeys Of”

This week we have a double Torah portion with Mattot meaning "tribes," Numbers 30:2-32:42, and Masei meaning "journeys of," Numbers 33:1-36:13. Chapter 30 contains Adonai's instructions regarding the making of vows to the Lord or the making of a binding obligation; in other words, a promise that cannot be broken.  Both men and women were under certain requirements that, when

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:18+00:00 July 18th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Mattot-Masei – “Tribes-Journeys Of”

Chukat – “Decree Of”

This week's parasha is entitled, Chukat, which means "decree of" and covers Numbers 19:1-22:1.  This portion has one of the most interesting and intriguing passages in the Torah, the sacrifice of the red heifer in Numbers, Chapter 19.  In past parashas, our speakers have focused on the deaths of Miriam and Aaron in Chapter 20 and Moses striking the rock

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:19+00:00 June 27th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chukat – “Decree Of”

Tazria-Metzora – “She Bears Seed-Infected One”

This week, we have a double Torah portion.  The first passage is called Tazria, which means “she bears seed,” such as when a woman gives birth to a child.  This passage is from Leviticus 12:1–13:59.  Our other Torah portion is called, Metzora, which can be translated as “infected one” and takes us from Leviticus 14:1–15:33.  In brief, Tazria covers what

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:21+00:00 April 25th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Tazria-Metzora – “She Bears Seed-Infected One”

Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

Last week’s parasha was entitled Tetzaveh, which means, “you shall command.” It covers Exodus, Chapter 27:20 to 30:10. Last week's Shabbat was also called Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath of remembrance, which was the Sabbath that falls before Purim, which this year, was Wednesday evening, March 4 to Thursday evening, March 5. On this Shabbat, it is customary to also read

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:22+00:00 March 7th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

Miketz – “At The End Of”

The parasha for the December 20th Shabbat is entitled, Miketz, which means, “at the end of.”  It covers Genesis Chapters 41:1-44:17. If you remember Rabbi Glenn’s commentary last week, we heard about Joseph and the life he lived as the favorite son of Jacob.  Joseph boasted about his special status by telling his family, including his 10 brothers, about dreams

By | 2017-01-30T21:42:31+00:00 December 27th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Miketz – “At The End Of”

Nitzavim – “Standing” & VaYelech – “And He Went”

This week’s we have a double parasha passage. Nitzavim, meaning "standing," covers Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20.  Va Yelech, meaning, "And He Went," covers Deuteronomy 31:1 - 31:30. In Chapter 29, all the people have gathered before the Lord in order to enter into covenant with Him.   In verse 15, we find that not only does this covenant involve those present

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B’har – “On The Mount”

  This week’s parasha is called Behar.  It covers Leviticus, Chapter 25:1 through Leviticus, Chapter 26:2.  This is one of the shortest parashas of the year as it only covers one chapter, but yet it contains information about some very important observances for the Jewish people.  For some of the information used in this parasha, I referenced the

By | 2017-01-30T21:43:22+00:00 May 10th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on B’har – “On The Mount”

VaYakhel – “And He Assembled”

This week's parasha is called, VaYakhel, which means, "and he assembled."  It covers Exodus Chapter 35:1 - 38:20.  This parasha covers the actual building of the tabernacle and its implements as well as the altar of sacrifice and the courtyard of the tabernacle.  The instructions for building the tabernacle, the implements and the courtyard were given by God, through Moses,

By | 2017-01-30T21:43:29+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on VaYakhel – “And He Assembled”

Shemot – “Names”

This week’s parasha is entitled Shemot, which means, “names.”  It covers Exodus, Chapter 1:1 to Chapter 6:1.  Exodus, the name for this book in your Bible, comes from a Greek word, which is composed of two parts, “ek,” which means “out,” and “hodos,” which means “road.”  The Hebrew title for this Parasha comes from the first verse, which begins, “these

By | 2017-01-30T21:43:32+00:00 December 21st, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemot – “Names”

Lech L’Cha – Go Forth, Yourself

This week’s Parashat passage is called Lech L’Cha, which translates as “go forth, yourself.”  If covers Genesis 12:1 -17:27.  In Chapter 12, God speaks to Abram, and tells him to leave his land and to go forth to a place that God will show him.  Prior to that, at the end of Chapter 11, we find that Terah, Abram’s father had taken

By | 2015-01-05T02:59:29+00:00 October 12th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lech L’Cha – Go Forth, Yourself

Va’Et’Chanan – “And I Pleaded”

This week’s Parasha is called Va’Et’Chanan, which means, “And I pleaded.”  It covers Deuteronomy Chapter 3:23 – Chapter 7:11.  The parasha opens with Moses pleading with God to allow him to cross over into the Promised Land, but God refusing to allow Moses to enter the Promised Land.  If you remember, back in Numbers, Chapter 20, Moses was supposed to

By | 2015-02-11T23:10:23+00:00 July 20th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’Et’Chanan – “And I Pleaded”