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Exodus 12:15-51: Lessons From The First Passover: Part 2

Today is Passover and the first day of Matza, the seven day holiday when we don’t eat unleavened bread. Most peoples, if not all peoples, have special days to celebrate or remember important events. Israel’s annual holidays which are outlined for us in Leviticus 23, are unique because they were given to the Jewish people by God Himself. These holidays

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Exodus 12:1-14: Lessons From The First Passover – Part 1

Passover begins Friday night. This morning, I want to get us ready for Passover by looking at the first part of the key chapter in the Word of God about Passover - Exodus 12. Most peoples, if not all peoples, have special days to celebrate or remember important events. Israel’s annual holidays, which are outlined for us in Leviticus 23,

By | 2018-03-27T01:07:44+00:00 March 24th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Exodus 12:1-14: Lessons From The First Passover – Part 1

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

The parashas this Shabbat are Vayakhel, meaning And He Assembled and Pekudei, meaning amount or number, and concludes the book of Exodus. We again meet Bezalel and Oholiab and those working with them to skillfully and lovingly craft the articles for the Mishkan. This is a bittersweet passage. Bitter, because it comes right after the golden calf tragedy. In Moses’

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Ki Tisa – “When You Take”

Our parasha this Shabbat is Ki Tisa, meaning “When you take or carry out (as in the taking of a census)” and covers Exodus chapters 30 through 34. Included in these chapters is the command to sanctify with sacred oil the Tent of Meeting and everything and everyone associated with it. I’d like us to consider for a few moments

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Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

This week our parasha is Tetzaveh which means “you shall command” and covers Exodus 27:20 - 30:10. This parashas cover the unique garments, food, and anointing for the priests (Cohanim) as well as the altar of Adonai and the sacrifices. We begin at the end of Exodus 27 with the command from Adonai for the Priesthood to keep lamps burning eternally outside

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Terumah – “Offering”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Terumah, which means “Offering” and it takes us from Exodus 25:1 through 27:19. Moses receives specific instructions from God on the materials, construction and location of the Tabernacle, as well as the items to be placed inside the Tabernacle. These include the Ark of the Covenant, the table, the lampstand, and the altar

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Mishpatim – “Judgments”

This week’s parasha is entitled Mishpatim, which is translated “Statutes” or “Judgments” and covers Exodus chapters 21 through 24. This section of the Torah contains extensive case law; fines and/or punishments for a broad spectrum of offenses having mostly to do with personal injury and property. Everything in this parasha demonstrates that, as beings created in the image of God,

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Yitro – “Jethro”

This week’s parasha is entitled Yitro (Jethro) and covers Exodus Chapter 18, verse 1 through Chapter 20, verse 23. Jethro is Moses’ father-in-law.  After Moses escapes Egypt after killing an Egyptian, he flees to the land of Midian and ends up settling with Jethro and his family.  Moses marries Zipporah, one of Jethro’s daughters, and stays there for 40 years before the incident at the burning

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B’Shalach – “When He Let Them Go”

The Parasha for this week covers Exodus chapter 13:7 – 17:16. Last week we left off with the plague of death and Elohim’s gift of Passover. As we look to this week, Pharaoh has decided to let the Jewish people leave Egypt. El Gabor, Mighty God, does not send the Jews the shortest way out of town, he has the

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Bo – “Go!”

The parasha this Shabbat is titled Bo, meaning “Go!” and takes us from Exodus 10 through most of chapter 13. We have already witnessed the depths of this pharaoh’s cruelty. His efforts at Jewish infanticide, and the ongoing and even intensified enslavement of our people. Adonai saw these things, heard the cries of our people, and remembered the covenant He

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Va’era – “And I Appeared”

What happens when we try to match wills with the Lord?  In this week’s parasha we see the great Pharaoh attempt to ignore and stop God’s Will and the total disaster that it brings.  Parasha Va’era translates to “And I Appeared” and covers Exodus 6:2 – 9:35. Parasha Va’era teaches us that no matter how much we want to deny

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Shemot – “Names”

This week’s parasha is Shemot, which means, “names.”  It covers Exodus: 1:1-6:1.  The Hebrew title for this parasha comes from the first verse, which begins, “these are the names of the sons of Israel...,” and indeed, this book will follow what happens to the descendants of Jacob. We find in Chapter 1, that the descendants of Israel have remained in

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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

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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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One Lamb For The Family

Introduction Shabbat shalom, and Chag Samayach – a joyful Passover to you all! This is a special Shabbat, the first full day of Passover and of the seven days of the Holiday of Unleavened Bread. This morning we’re going to look at Exodus chapter 12, verses 43-49, which is really an abbreviated repetition of God’s rules for Passover. As you’ll

By | 2017-01-30T21:41:37+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: |Comments Off on One Lamb For The Family

Pekudei – “An Accounting”

Today’s Torah portion is entitled Pekudei meaning “An Accounting” and goes from Exodus 38:21 through chapter 40 and completes the book.  It includes a description of the quantities of each material used in the Tabernacle’s construction; as well as the colors, elements, and detail required in creating the priestly garments.  Moses inspects everything, and the Tabernacles is set up for

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