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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

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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

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B’chukotai – “In My Statutes”

The Big “IF...” B’chukotai (“In My Statutes”) Leviticus 26:3-27:34 How many times have you heard it said that God’s love is unconditional? Maybe you’ve said it yourself.  Now if what you mean by that is that God loves all people and that His love doesn’t depend on our behaving ourselves, and that those who reject Messiah will nevertheless go to

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B’har – “In The Mountain”

This week’s Torah portion is named, B’har, meaning “In the mountain.”  It covers Leviticus 25:1 to 26:2 and highlights the majesty of God and His compassion for His people and the Land.  The Sabbath, Sabbatical year and the Year of Jubilee are just a few of God’s gracious provisions.  In case you didn’t know it, our Lord is very serious

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Emor – “Speak”

This week’s Parasha is entitled Emor, which means “speak.” It covers Leviticus chapters 21 through 24 and deals with several subjects:  the priesthood, the sacrifices and the holidays.  However, holiness is the theme that ties all these subjects together. A priest was not to make himself ceremonially unclean by touching a dead person, or even being in the same house

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Kedoshim – “Holy Ones”

This week’s Parasha is called Kedoshim and covers Leviticus 19:1-20:27. Chapter 19 reviews some of the Ten Commandments and reminds us that our lives are to be characterized by holiness. In fact, God states clearly, “You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy”. God speaks as the Holy One, HaKadosh. We think of the word ‘holy’

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Acharei Mot – “After The Death”

Our parasha for this week is entitled Acharei Mot, which means, “after the death” and covers Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30.  The title of the parasha refers to the time following the death of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, who offered unauthorized fire before the Lord in Leviticus 10 and were put to death because of this unholy act. The Lord

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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

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Tazria – “She Conceives”

This week’s Parasha is titled Tazria, meaning “she conceives.”  It covers Leviticus 12-13 and touches on ritual purity laws.  Here we get a glimpse into the lives of the women of Israel and discover what their days may have been like following the extraordinary experience of childbirth.  The time of post-delivery was different depending on whether they gave birth to

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Shemini – “The Eighth Day”

Today’s Parasha is entitled Shemini meaning “the Eighth day”, and covers Leviticus chapters 9-11.  In these chapters Aaron begins his ministry to the people, his sons come into the presence of God burning a sacrifice not prescribed for, we are instructed to not drink fermented drink before entering Gods presence, and we are given dietary laws. Beginning in Leviticus 9,

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Vayikra – “And He Called”

Last week’s parasha is entitled, VaYikra, which means, “and He called.”  It covers Leviticus, Chapter 1:1 – 6:7.  In English, the name is Leviticus, and refers to the rules, regulations and duties that must be followed by the Levitical priesthood, the Levites, to atone for the sins of the people.  This parasha describes 5 types of offerings to be made upon

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Tzav – “Give the command”

The second parasha today is entitled Tzav - an imperative verb meaning “Give the command” from the same word we get mitzvah. It covers Leviticus chapters six through eight. God tells Moses to command Aaron and his sons how to carry out their priestly duties. The previous chapters had to do with the offerings from the perspective of the people.

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Emor – “Say It”

The Parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Emor, meaning “Say it”. This Torah portion covers Leviticus 21-24. Parasha Emor is known to contain two distinct divisions. Chapters 21 and 22 focus on physical defects that would render a person of priestly lineage unfit to present the Lord's offerings by fire; while chapters 23 and 24 contain the laws regarding the

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

Our parasha this week is another double portion which means there are two parashas combined into one. They are entitled Acharei Mot, meaning “After the Death” and Kedoshim translated “Holy Ones”. They cover Leviticus 16-20. The Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur is instituted here in chapter 16. This is the most solemn, significant and holy day of the year

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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

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Shemini – “The Eighth Day”

Today’s parasha is entitled Shemini meaning “the Eighth day”, and covers Leviticus chapters 9-11. In these chapters Aaron begins his ministry to the people, his sons come into the presence of God burning a sacrifice not prescribed for, and we are given dietary laws. For today’s Parasha I’ve chosen to focus primarily on the “strange” or “unauthorized” fire. Beginning in

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Tzav – “Give The Command”

The parasha this Shabbat is entitled Tzav, meaning “Give the Command!” and covers Leviticus 6-8. One of the very first things mentioned is the command that fire be kept burning continually on the altar; it was never to go out (6:9, 13). Josephus records (and the rabbis confirm) that during the time of the Second Temple, a special day was

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Vayikra – “And He Called Out”

The Shabbat we begin the third book of the Torah, which is called Sefer Vayyikra, the book of Leviticus. Vayyikra is translated “And He called out”. The parasha covers Leviticus chapters one through five. These chapters describe the korbanot - offerings to Adonai. Each chapter describes in detail a different type of offering. The many details might seem burdensome and

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B’chukotai – “By My Decrees”

This week’s Parasha is B’chukotai and brings us to the conclusion of the book of Leviticus, covering chapters 26 and 27. In chapter 26 Adonai outlines the blessings for obedience and punishments for disobedience.  These blessings and curses depended on whether or not Israel would keep the Covenant that Almighty God gave His people. In chapter 26, the word “if”

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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

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Emor – “Speak”

This week’s parasha is entitled Emor which means speak. It is taken from Leviticus chapter 21:1 and extends through chapter 24:23 it covers several subjects: the priesthood, the sacrifices and the holidays; but it has one theme that ties it all together, The theme of holiness. The God of holiness, demands  holiness from His people. A priest was chosen by

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Kedoshim – “Holy Ones”

This week’s Parasha is called Kedoshim and covers Leviticus 19:1-20:27. Chapter 19 reviews some of the Ten Commandments and includes a strong reminder that our lives are to be characterized by holiness. In fact, God states clearly, “You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy”. God speaks as the Holy One, HaKadosh. We think of the

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Acharei Mot – “After The Death”

Our parasha for this Shabbat Gadol is entitled Acharei Mot, meaning “after the death,” referring to the demise of Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu who entered the Holy Place with unauthorized offerings and were struck down by God. It spans Leviticus chapters 16 through 18. The subject matter of chapter 16 is Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement, the

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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

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Tazria – “She Conceives”

This week’s parasha is titled Tazria and covers Leviticus 12 and 13. Tazria translates to English as “T”. The parasha begins with the ceremonial cleansing a woman would undergo after giving birth. If a woman gave birth to a male child, she would be unclean for 7 days.  On the 8th day the baby boy would be circumcised. The ceremonial

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